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Man Charged with Abandoning Dog in Town of Carmel

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A 36-year-old Bronx man was charged December 1 with abandoning a seven-year-old dog in the Town of Carmel.

According to the Putnam County SPCA, Putnam County Deputy Sheriff Michael Gray was on patrol on October 30 when he observed a dog tied to a pole. The seven-year-old male, hound mix named Lucas was retrieved by the officer and brought to the Putnam Humane Society, where it was scanned for a microchip.

A suspect was identified by SPCA detectives through microchip information, an eyewitness account and a surveillance video that was obtained from the area. Juan Rosa was contacted by SPCA officers and he eventually turned himself in.

Rosa was charged at SPCA headquarters in Carmel with Abandonment of an Animal under the state Agriculture & Market Laws, a misdemeanor, which is punishable up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $1,000 or a combination of both.

“We’ve seen an increase this year in animal abandonments,” SPCA Chief Ken Ross stated. “It is a crime taken seriously and we will conduct a criminal investigation and ultimately arrest the individual who abandoned the animal. If you can no longer keep your pet, contact the many rescue groups that exist. Abandonment is not an option.”

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