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Rome man charged with animal abandonment in Spring Farm Cares dog case

"Bella" (photo: Spring Farm Cares)

A Rome man is accused of abandoning a dog named “Bella” in the parking lot of Spring Farm Cares in Clinton.

Posted: Nov 22, 2021 3:52 PM

CLINTON, NY – An Oneida County man is facing charges after investigators say he was the person who left a dog alone outside of an animal shelter earlier this month.

The Central New York SPCA tells NewsChannel 2 that 25-year-old Joshua Selinsky of Rome has been charged with one count of abandonment of an animal. That charge is a misdemeanor under New York State Agriculture and Markets law. Selinsky faces up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted.

Selinsky is accused of abandoning a dog named “Bella” in the parking lot of Spring Farm Cares in Clinton on the evening of November 14. The shelter posted a series of photos and messages to social media, which garnered numerous comments and shares and people calling from around the country looking to adopt the pit bull mix.

Selinsky was released on an appearance ticket. He is scheduled to return to Kirkland Town Court on December 14.

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