CAIRO — Peaches, the dog that survived an attempted decapitation and multiple stabbings, is making a full recovery, Ron Perez, president and CEO of the Columbia-Greene Humane Society, said Wednesday.

“Peaches has made a remarkable recovery in a short amount of time,” Perez said.

Peaches is living at an undisclosed foster home with someone who has a veterinary background, Perez said.

Pauline Waldron, 67, of Cairo, was charged by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office on June 30 with one count of aggravated cruelty to animals, a felony. Waldron is accused of attempting to decapitate the female Australian Cattle Dog with a sword on June 29, stabbing the dog several times, and then leaving the animal for eight hours to die without seeking medical care.

Waldron was arraigned in Cairo Town Court on June 30, before Justice Tanja Sirago. She was released on her own recognizance, pending a future court appearance. That appearance is scheduled for Aug. 10 at 3 p.m., court officials said Wednesday.

Peaches underwent emergency, life-saving surgery at Catskill Animal Hospital on Route 9W in Catskill, and then was transferred to an undisclosed specialist veterinary clinic in the Albany area.

The intensive procedure at Catskill Animal Hospital lasted for several hours. Peaches was in extreme pain when she arrived at the hospital, Perez said.

It is unclear whether Peaches or five other dogs that were seized on Waldron’s property under a warrant obtained by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office will be available for adoption at the shelter, Perez said.

“The fate of the dogs lies in what is decided in the court case,” Perez said.

The other dogs, two Australian Cattle Dogs and three Jack Russell Terriers, are no longer at the Humane Society. They are also staying at select, undisclosed foster homes, Perez said.

“The Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA (CGHS/SPCA) is requesting that the Greene County District Attorney’s Office offer no leniency to Waldron and prosecute this heinous act of animal cruelty to the furthest extent,” Perez said in a statement.

“CGHS/SPCA and the Greene County DA’s office have worked together as partners for decades protecting animals and prosecuting animal cruelty offenders. We are optimistic that Peaches will be given justice,” Perez said.

Peaches’ sutures should come out by the end of this week.

“We couldn’t be more thankful to our foster home and caregiver,” Perez said.

Anyone interested in contributing to Peaches’s recovery effort can mail their donations to CGHS/SPCA, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson, NY, 12534 Attn: Peaches, or they can donate through the shelter’s website at cghs.org.

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