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.