BREAKING NEWS Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died Friday at her home in Washington, the court says. She was 87. Full Story

CNY SPCA finds no evidence of neglect after animal abuse complaint in Utica

The CNY SPCA did not find evidence of neglect after an initial investigation into an animal abuse claim made to the Utica Police Department on Friday.

Posted: Apr 27, 2020 4:09 PM

UTICA, N.Y. – The CNY SPCA did not find evidence of neglect after an initial investigation into an animal abuse claim made to the Utica Police Department on Friday.

The Utica Police Department’s Animal Control Division responded to a residence Friday after receiving a report regarding two dogs that were allegedly being mistreated.

UPD enlisted the help of the CNY SPCA, and also notified People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA).

Police say the SPCA has taken on the case, and is currently investigating the situation.

William Pulaski, chief investigator at the CNY SPCA, says after an initial review, they found the dogs were not emaciated and have been kept inside the house.

Both agencies are aware of photos and videos that have been shared on social media since the incident.

Pulaski says the initial complaint was about the pen, but the owner was cleaning the pen when the video was taken. The video shows the dog caught on a fence for a few minutes, but Pulaski says the dog was able to free itself before the owner returned to the yard.

The SPCA says they do not believe this was done intentionally, and do not think this is a case of neglect. Investigators did not find evidence that the dog is repeatedly tied to a tree.

Pulaski says there is also an ongoing dispute between the dog owner and the neighbor who made the complaint and recorded the video.

The city of Utica did issue two citations to the dog owner, one for being unlicensed and another for failure to provide proof of vaccination for each dog.

New York Coronavirus Cases

County data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 448052

Reported Deaths: 33085
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Queens714747239
Kings667377314
Bronx524684940
Nassau460522201
Suffolk459562011
Westchester377181454
New York329383178
Richmond156891085
Rockland14747675
Orange11760498
Erie10873689
Monroe5857289
Dutchess5050153
Onondaga4185205
Albany2979134
Oneida2369123
Ulster223595
Niagara1707101
Putnam156963
Sullivan156848
Broome145069
Schenectady137448
Saratoga98517
Rensselaer89542
Columbia58037
Chautauqua5359
Madison48417
Ontario45435
Oswego4183
Tompkins3900
Warren35433
Steuben34242
Fulton33124
Otsego3245
Orleans32254
Greene31918
Herkimer31810
St. Lawrence3144
Genesee3095
Wayne3065
Chemung3053
Washington28714
Cattaraugus2496
Chenango2487
Tioga22225
Montgomery2194
Livingston2018
Cayuga1952
Jefferson1600
Essex1570
Clinton1545
Cortland1500
Wyoming1315
Delaware1294
Seneca1053
Allegany951
Schoharie830
Franklin640
Yates627
Lewis500
Schuyler370
Hamilton140
Unassigned019
Utica
Clear
57° wxIcon
Hi: 59° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 57°
Oneonta
Clear
54° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 54°
Herkimer
Clear
57° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 57°
Thendara
Clear
57° wxIcon
Hi: 52° Lo: 31°
Feels Like: 57°
WKTV Radar
WKTV Temperatures
WKTV Severe Weather
Click here to learn more about A Healthier Mohawk Valley
Saluting Those Who Are Proud 2 Serve
WKTV Golf Card - Under 150 left