Justice for Pets Abandoned and Locked Inside Condemned Building


Target: Eric Schneiderman, Attorney General of New York

Goal: Ensure maximum penalty for couple who allegedly abandoned pets in a condemned building.

A cat and a pit bull were reportedly abandoned and locked inside of a condemned building with no food or water. Among being emaciated, dehydrated, covered in urine, and suffering from an eye infection, the veterinarian also found litter within the cat’s intestines.

Authorities say that they were in the process of condemning the building, and upon being told that animals were inside, they offered animal shelter services. The owners reportedly refused the services, telling police that they would make proper arrangements for the cat and dog. The following month after the building had been condemned and completely locked up, authorities were told that the animals were locked inside.

Had authorities not been informed about the pets, they would’ve died slow, agonizing deaths. The owners had to have known that the cat and dog would die when they left them inside of a condemned, locked building. They allegedly caused inexcusable damage to these animals when they could’ve taken the offer to take them to a shelter.

Michael Schurick, 68, has been charged with animal cruelty and two counts of abandonment, while a warrant for the arrest of Patricia Townsend was issued for abandonment and animal cruelty. Please help bring these pets justice by demanding that this couple be sentenced to the maximum extent possible if found guilty.


Dear Mr. Schneiderman,

A cat and a pit bull were reportedly left without food or water inside of a building that was locked and condemned. Even after police offered animal shelter services to the owners, they reportedly refused, but police were later informed that the pets had been left inside. They were found covered in urine, dehydrated, emaciated, and even had litter in their intestines.

These animals could’ve died from their owners’ intentional neglect. We urge you to do everything possible to make sure the owners receive the maximum penalty possible, if found guilty, for the unnecessary damages these innocent animals suffered.


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Photo credit: Jamie Lantzy

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  1. Dari Langone says:

    This demonic couple should be tied up forced to eat litter and then set on fire.

  2. This story is utterly barbaric. I hope the owners are prosecuted and jailed over this.

    However, as barbaric as I find this story, what I find very telling is the fact that a so called vicious monster dog, a Pit Bull was so dehydrated and starved that it was dying, but didn’t attack the cat, who was potential prey.

    Could it possibly be because they aren’t monsters. They are loving, wonderful dogs and it considered the cat its family? It’s the owners that are monsters. Pit bulls are like any breed of dog. Treat them well and you have a protector and friend for life. I hope they stay together. They went through so much together.

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