Updated 05/10/2012 06:22 PM
SPCA rescues pit bull mix from Syracuse home
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ONONDAGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- The SPCA has rescued a neglected dog from a home on Benedict Avenue in the City of Syracuse.
Investigators say the one-year-old pit bull mix was found in an apartment after its owner was evicted.
The SPCA says the dog, who they named Destiny, was malnourished and suffering from a serious skin disease. They say Destiny will need to be treated for the disease, which they say can be extremely painful.
Destiny's owner, Eyisha Bennett, 34, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with two counts of animal cruelty. Bennett told the SPCA she found the stray dog about two months prior and has been taking care of it.
"In this type of situation, which has happened in the past, as soon as you take that dog in and you might be thinking you're doing the right thing, but after a certain amount of time that animal becomes your property. It becomes your responsibility," said CNY SPCA Executive Director Paul Morgan.
The SPCA says once Destiny has been treated and healthy, they shouldn't have a problem getting her adopted.