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Long Island Man Faces Multiple Counts Of Animal Cruelty After 11 Dogs Found In Dirty Crates

One of the injured dogs seized.
One of the injured dogs seized. Photo Credit: Suffolk County SPCA

A 55-year-old man has been arrested for alleged animal abuse after authorities received a tip that multiple dogs were being mistreated.

Peter Watson, of Central Islip, was arrested on Wednesday, Dec. 18, by detectives with the SPCA went to his Nagle Avenue home to investigate an anonymous tip of multiple dogs confined in filthy crates and one dog actively bleeding from injuries and bite wounds, said the Suffolk County SPCA.

During the visit, a total of 11 dogs were found. Seven pit bulls were confined in filthy crates in their own feces and urine with no access to food or water, the agency said.

In addition, several dogs were found to be emaciated. One dog was suffering from untreated open wounds on his head and chest and required life-saving surgery.

A search warrant was executed on the house and 10 pit bulls, one Beagle mix, and one dead dog were removed from the home and transported to an emergency animal hospital by Islip Animal Shelter, the SPCA said.

Watson was charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty by Suffolk County SPCA for failure to provide proper sustenance and medical care to his dogs.

While conducting the search warrant along with a Suffolk County Police officers, a felony amount of cocaine was also found, and Watson was rearrested by that department.

Watson was arraigned and released.

All of the dogs have been signed over to Islip Animal Shelter and a judge has ordered that Watson not be in possession or obtain any other animals. 

Roy Gross, Chief of the Suffolk County SPCA, said that animal cruelty will not be tolerated in Suffolk County.

To report an incident of animal cruelty or neglect in Suffolk County, contact the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722. All calls will be kept confidential.

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