Two people from Oswego County are facing animal cruelty charges for allegedly starving their puppy to death, according to New York State Police.
On November 5, 31-year-old Shane Goncalves of Pennellville, Oswego County, called state police in Fulton to report that his ex-girlfriend, 27-year-old Alicia Stevens of Phoenix, Oswego County, allegedly wasn’t feeding or giving water to their 9-month-old puppy.
Troopers investigated the residence where Goncalves and Stevens formerly lived together and found the crate reportedly used to house the puppy, which was full of feces and urine. Police say they did not see any food or water for the puppy either.
Police say they found Stevens and the puppy at her new residence and quickly determined the puppy was emaciated, unresponsive and in medical distress. The Oswego County SPCA immediately arranged for medical intervention but the puppy died while help was on its way.
Goncalves and Stevens were both taken into custody and charged with overdriving, toruting and injuring animals; and failure to provide proper sustenance, a misdemeanor under the state Agriculture and Markets Law.
Goncalves and Stevens are scheduled to appear in Shroeppel court on November 15.