Lake Grove guide dog trainer charged in car death

A New York woman assigned to train service guide dogs is facing criminal charges after she allegedly left a dog in a hot car, causing the animal’s death.

51-year-old Long Island resident Jodi Meyers of Lake Grove in Suffolk County has been charged with misdemeanor animal cruelty and failing to provide proper shelter and air to a Labrador retriever 3 year old black boy named Milton.

Meyers, an employee of the Smithtown-based Guide Dog Foundation for the Blind, took the dog for training in July 2022 and left the animal in a crate in a work van, according to the Suffolk County SPCA.

Outside temperatures at the time hovered around 90 degrees.

Milton was found dead 5.5 hours later, the SPCA said.

The dog’s owner, Michelle Krupa, says PIX11 News that she suffers from Usher syndrome and is slowly losing her ability to see and hear.

She said she spent 15 years looking for a guide dog who could work with someone who was both blind and deaf before she found Milton.

Krupa told the outlet that she was not angry with the Guide Dog Foundation, but hoped to see new policies implemented to prevent future tragedies.

Meyers surrendered to SPCA detectives on Wednesday, September 21. She is due to appear in Central Islip First District Court on Tuesday, October 11.

“Animal cruelty will not be tolerated in Suffolk County,” the SPCA said in a statement.

The organization has asked those who witness animal cruelty or neglect in Suffolk County to contact the SPCA at 631-382-7722.

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