Two people have been charged in connection with the abandonment of a dog on a freezing morning in a Binghamton neighborhood.

Authorities say 38-year-old Tanisha Banks and 38-year-old Kenny Thomas, both of Morgan Street, were arrested following a police investigation.

Thomas and Banks are charged with abandonment of animals, a misdemeanor. They were issued appearance tickets for Binghamton City Court.

Surveillance video shows a car parked on John Street around 8 a.m. Saturday followed by the dog being walked a short distance. She then was removed from her leash and two people returned to the vehicle.

The dog walked back toward the car but the vehicle drove away. She waited in the area for hours for the people to return but they never did.

The frightened dog was caught Sunday morning in a humane trap set up by an animal rescue expert.

Patty moments after she was rescued on John Street on March 17, 2019. Photo: WNBF News)
Patty moments after she was rescued on John Street on March 17, 2019. (Photo: WNBF News)

The dog has been named Patty by staffers at a local shelter because she was rescued on St. Patrick's Day.

Shelter employees Thursday afternoon said Patty is doing well and is spending time playing with toys.

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