On Wednesday, June 6, 2018 a Bay Shore woman was charged with animal cruelty by Suffolk County SPCA detectives after receiving an anonymous complaint.
Diana Friel of Bay Shore was charged with one (1) count of animal cruelty. The video showed Friel cruelly beating Bella a 10 year old Pomeranian. Bella was seized by the Suffolk County SPCA from the home and transported to a local animal shelter.
Friel is scheduled to appear in First District Court in Central Islip on August 13, 2018.
Chief Gross said that animal cruelty will not be tolerated in Suffolk County. If you witness any incident of animal cruelty or neglect in Suffolk County please contact the Suffolk County SPCA at (631) 382-7722. All calls will be kept confidential.
A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
“Protecting Suffolk County’s animals is the only job we do!”