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Owner charged after dog with chewed-off leg found in yard

Posted at 5:58 PM, Nov 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-19 17:58:39-05

ONEONTA, N.Y. (AP) — A man whose dog apparently chewed off her own leg is facing animal cruelty charges after the German shepherd was found chained in a central New York yard without food or water.

Fifty-nine-year-old Carl Pritchard was charged Monday with cruelty and failure to provide food and shelter. It could not immediately be determined whether he has a lawyer.

State police say a UPS driver reported seeing the dog, named Zoe, on Nov. 14 in a yard in Exeter. She had been living outside in a plastic pet carrier.

The Susquehanna SPCA took the dog to a veterinarian, who says it appears she had eaten one of her front legs, which may have been diseased or injured. Zoe was taken to Cornell University’s veterinary school for further treatment.

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