SPCA: "Worst case of starvation in years"

Posted at 9:38 AM, Sep 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-27 20:35:07-04

A Whitesville man is facing a number of animal cruelty charges after the Allegany County SPCA rescued two starving pit bulls from a trailer they say belonged to him.


28-year-old Eugenio N. Charles III is charged with felony aggravated cruelty to animals and several other misdemeanors.

SPCA employees responded to the trailer near Whitesville Central School after getting a call of animal cruelty to their hotline.  That's where they found the two dogs in what they say was horrible conditions. 

The animals were rushed to a local vet.  One dog they named "Ace" was in stable condition but very thin.  The other, however, SPCA officials say wasn't able to stand or lift its head.  The dog was named "Mooch" and SPCA officials are calling his case, "one of the worst cases of starvation the SPCA has seen in nearly 10 years."  The dog is on the road to recovery, but still requires a special diet and a structured feeding schedule.

SPCA employees say "Mooch" was covered with hundreds of scars, and they think the dogs had been fighting over the limited food in the trailer.  Throughout his ordeal, however, they say the dog remained very sweet, and while he still has a long journey ahead, he is getting stronger every day.

The man charged in connection with this case is set to appear in court later this week.