Michael Faulkner, 26, accused of locking animal in bedroom without food or water
(Long Island, NY) A Coram resident in the midst of a bitter divorce with his wife is being accused of attempting to starve their family dog in an attempt to get back at her, according to Suffolk County Police.
Michael Faulkner, 26, of 14B Country Club Drive, was arrested Sunday on Animal Cruelty charges after allegedly locking Queenie, an adult female Cane Corso, inside a bedroom without food or water for an extended period of time. Faulkner was responsible for Queenie’s care, according to authorities.
The dog’s rescue last week was assisted by Guardians of Rescue, a local non-profit group, after being alerted by Faulkner’s estranged wife.
Faulkner’s wife and son, who declined to give their names to the media, had moved out of the shared Coram residence back in February. She had returned Saturday to retrieve clothing and personal items when she discovered the state of the dog and contacted Guardians of Rescue, who in turn contacted the police.
Suffolk County SPCA investigators said that Queenie was found lying motionless on her side without food or water in sight, locked in the bedroom. The investigators rushed the dog to the Grady Animal Hospital in Sayville. A veterinarian who is treating the dog described her as “basically a skeleton.” The vet’s diagnosis of Queenie was said to be “severely emaciated,” said police.
Guardians of Rescue alleges that Faulkner was abusing the animal as a spiteful attempt of revenge against his soon-to-be ex-wife, according to a statement on the group’s Facebook page.
Faulkner was charged with animal cruelty, a misdemeanor that carries up to one year in jail if he is convicted. Arraignment details were not immediately available.