STOCKPORT – Two dog owners are each facing an animal cruelty charge after the dog was found emaciated at their home, according to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA.
Daniel Wood, 30, and Lesile Simpson, 36, both of Stockport, were charged July 2 with failing to provide sufficient food and drink for their dog under the state Agriculture and Market Law, a class A misdemeanor.
The charges came after their dog, Tetris, a 3-year-old pit-bull mix, was diagnosed with severe emaciation, according to a statement from the Humane Society.
Tetris was brought to the organization where he was examined by Veterinarian Jerry Bilinski. Tetris was recovering nicely as of Tuesday, said Ron Perez, president of the Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA.
“He [Tetris] is doing much better,” Perez said. “We have him on an appropriate diet for his condition. He has to be fed four times a day because of his emaciation. But he is doing much better and it is just going to take a little time and some groceries.”
Police were called to the home after receiving a tip from the public that the dog was not being cared for, Perez said.
Tetris was seized by Stockport police when they found him “horribly thin” and without food and water, according to the news release.
Stockport Police Officer Thomas Lovette arrested Wood and Simpson.
“We are certain that, had they [police, the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office and town officials] not intervened quickly, Tetris would certainly have perished with the heat wave that has moved into this area,” Perez said.
The Columbia-Greene Humane Society more than 15 similar cases each year, Perez added.
Tetris will need time to recuperate before he can be adopted or placed in a foster home, he said.
“It is going to take a little time,” Perez said. “We will put him through rehabilitation, treat any conditions he has, and, at that point, sometimes we’ll put him in a foster home and sometimes put them right up for adoption. It will be a little while before either happens.”
Wood and Simpson could each face up to a year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine, if convicted.
Stockport Police Chief John Funk could not be reached for comment by press time.
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