Rufus Rescued in Animal Cruelty Arrest

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Jun 7

On May 29, 2010, the Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA and the Hudson Police Department arrested Rainer Blue, 26 and Lauren King, 22 on animal cruelty charges.

Blue and King were each charged with one count of animal cruelty, “Failure to Provide Proper Sustenance,” when CGHS/SPCA Investigator Andrea Walker responded to a complaint of a dog starving at their apartment. Investigator Walker found the dog in a small crate without food or water. The young dog, now named Rufus, was brought to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA and was examined by Veterinarian Danielle Sand. Dr. Sand found Rufus to be emaciated, and in very poor overall condition.

The arrest was made by Sergeants Clark and Foutch of the Hudson Police Department, and Investigator Walker of CGHS/SPCA

“Rufus was found in the nick of time,” said Ron Perez, President of CGHS/SPCA. “Had he gone another day without food or water, he would’ve most certainly died of malnutrition. We are very appreciative of the quick, professional action on the part of Chief Richardson and the Hudson Police Department in locating and arresting the defendants.”

If convicted, Blue and King each face up to a year in jail and a one thousand dollar fine.

Rufus has already gained weight, and is expected to make a full recovery.

Please contact Ron Perez by phone at (518) 828-6044 extension 108, or by email at with any questions.