Emaciated shepherd found in deplorable conditions

Woman charged after discovery of emaciated shepherd and deplorable conditions

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A Patchogue, New York, woman is facing a charge of Failure to Provide Proper Sustenance following the discovery of an emaciated German shepherd and other animals who were living in deplorable conditions. On Monday, the Suffolk County SPCA identified 25-year-old Shannon Litvin as the woman facing the cruelty charge.

In a release, the animal welfare agency stated:

Chief Roy Gross of the Suffolk SPCA said that SPCA Detectives responded to the Brookhaven Animal Shelter to observe dogs which had been taken there because of a complaint from the Suffolk County Police Department that there was possibly an emaciated dog and other animals inside of the home at 4 Kathryn Street. The police also reported that the dogs were living in deplorable conditions inside the home.

One of the dogs, a five-year-old shepherd named Ryker, has been gaining “considerable weight” after eating a healthy diet at the Brookhaven animal shelter. The other dogs were taken to the same shelter for care – they will continue to be held pending the results of the investigation.

Litvin is due back in court on February 3.

If you witness any incident of animal cruelty or neglect in Suffolk County please contact the Suffolk County SPCA at (631) 382-7722. All calls will be kept confidential.

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