Melani Freeman Age 40 of Syracuse, New York left a dog chained to pipe to die in attic of abandoned house

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A Syracuse, N.Y., woman is charged with several counts of animal cruelty after a disturbing discovery was made in the attic of a home that she used to rent, reported Wednesday’s Syracuse.com.

On Oct. 11, one week after tenant, Melani Freeman, 40, vacated a house, 2426 E. Genesee St. Syracuse, N.Y. her landlord, Walter Scammell, discovered an emaciated dog chained to a pipe in the home’s attic.

The dog, dubbed “Coco,” by her rescuers, was tethered on a short leash and had no access to food or water. The skeletal dog was taken to the CNY SPCA where a veterinarian determined that she was 25 pounds underweight.

Freeman claimed that Coco was placed in the attic because the dog was sick, but aside from being starved, veterinarians did not find a malady which would have caused her emaciated condition.

Coco is slowly recovering at the SPCA, where staff have described her as “sweet and friendly,” despite the suffering which she has endured.

Freeman is facing three counts of animal cruelty and she is due in court later this month. Coco will not be available for adoption until she has fully recuperated.

Article by Penny Eims

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