NYSP: Former animal control officer arrested for animal cruelty

FULTON, NY — State Police arrested Samantha J. Rizzo,46, of 64 Country Lane, Fulton, NY for Animal Cruelty (Agriculture and Markets Law § 353), a class “A” misdemeanor

On June 8, 2018, state police responded to an animal abuse case in the town of Hannibal. The complainant advised patrol that they brought the animal to a local veterinary clinic where it was determined the male Pomeranian dog had suffered a broken jaw and multiple fractures to the head area, troopers said.

Investigation revealed the dog belonged to Samantha Rizzo who was arrested on July 30, 2018, for third-degree falsely reporting an incident, a class “A” misdemeanor after she denied knowing who owned the injured dog.

On Sept. 14, 2018, a veterinarian who reviewed the case, determined there was clear evidence of neglect along with abuse, troopers said.

Rizzo was charged with animal cruelty and issued an appearance ticket returnable to the town of Hannibal Court for October 2, 2018 at 6 p.m.