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Albany couple charged with animal cruelty

May 1, 2019 GMT

ALBANY – An Albany couple was arrested Wednesday after police say they abandoned a dog and cat during the recent flooding.

Timothy and Brenda Sanders, 62 and 60, each was charged with cruel treatment to a companion feline and cruel treatment to a companion canine, both misdemeanors.

The Albany Police and Fire departments rescued a black cat and brindle bulldog around 9 a.m. Tuesday from the Sanders’ home in the 200 block of Seventh Avenue North that was filled with about 2 feet of floodwater. The animals were left there Sunday.

“The dog was perched on a step to avoid flood waters, and the cat was found clinging to a mattress that was in flood water,” Detective Suzanne Bogart said in a news release Tuesday.

“There was no food or fresh water available to either animal, and the dog was initially in a kennel; however, it managed to get the kennel door open as the water was rising.”

Whiteside County Animal Control is caring for the animals.

The agency also has cited the couple, the release said.