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Long Island Woman Arrested For Alleged Animal Cruelty

Ryker, the 5-year-old German Shepherd seized.
Ryker, the 5-year-old German Shepherd seized. Photo Credit: Suffolk County SPCA

A Long Island woman was arrested for alleged animal cruelty after receiving a complaint from the Suffolk County Police.

Shannon Litvin, 25, of Patchogue, was arrested on Sunday, Jan. 12, and charged with one count of animal cruelty, said the Suffolk County SPCA.

According to Chief Roy Gross of the Suffolk SPCA, detectives responded to the Brookhaven Animal Shelter to check an emaciated dog and other animals found inside of the home on Kathryn Street in Patchogue. 

Suffolk County police also said that in addition to being starved, the animals were living in deplorable conditions inside the home.

Gross said that the dogs had been taken to the Brookhaven Animal Shelter by animal control officers and that an SPCA detective observed the dogs there and found that one of them, a male German Shepherd appeared to be extremely thin.

Gross went on to say that that the dogs were kept at the shelter pending the investigation and test results taken to determine a possible cause for the thin dog. 

Since being seized, Ryker, the 5-year-old German Shepherd, has gained considerable weight from eating a healthy diet at the Brookhaven Shelter, Gross said.

Litvin is scheduled to appear in court on Feb. 3.

To report any 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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