Police investigate animal abuse case in Tupper Lake

German Shepard found in lake tethered to cinder block

TUPPER LAKE — The State Police in Tupper Lake are investigating an animal cruelty case that was reported on June 20 when an individual located a deceased German Shepherd in the water in Tupper Lake. The dog had a cinder block tied to its neck and appeared to have been intentionally drowned. Police estimated that this occurred sometime around the beginning of June.

Trooper Reinaldo Alvarez said the dog’s body was discovered by boaters on June 19 and reported to authorities the next day. Alvarez said those responsible could only be sentenced with a Class A misdemeanor if caught.

According to New York State Trooper Jennifer V. Fleishman, Public Information Officer for Troop B in Ray Brook, the dog was found with no collar, microchip or other form of identification. She was unsure of the animal’s gender.

“This is just a heinous and sick crime,” Fleishman said. “If somebody should not want this dog they should have given it to a humane society.”

The New York State Police request that anyone with information contact Trooper Alvarez at (518) 897-2000. The State Police are being assisted in this investigation by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and the Tupper Lake Police Department.

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