NEW YORK (1010 WINS/ AP) — A Long Island man is accused of severely neglecting his five Doberman Pinschers, including one that had to be removed on a stretcher.
The Suffolk County SPCA charged John Ferrera, 22, of Middle Island, with animal cruelty.
SPCA chief Roy Gross says all the dogs, three males and two females, had severe eye infections, were underweight and had open sores. One of the dogs was pregnant.
“They were left in horrible condition,” Gross said.
The dogs range in age from two to 12-years-old.
Gross says the animals were kept in an area filled with debris and that parts of a dead horse were found in a nearby yard. Investigators were told that the horse died last winter.
“The horse was just left there to rot,” Gross said.
The dogs have been taken to a shelter to be examined.