- Associated Press - Saturday, May 16, 2015

HAUPPAUGE, N.Y. (AP) - A man has been charged with felony animal cruelty eight months after a dog was found chained to a cinder block and drowned in a Long Island canal.

The Suffolk County SPCA said Saturday that John Shultz of West Islip was arrested Friday.

Chief Roy Gross said Shultz, 66, threw the family pet, a 7-year-old Rottweiler mix, into the canal in September. He said the motive is not known.

Gross said he did not know who was representing Shultz. A recording at Shultz’s listed phone number said the number was out of service.

The SPCA also announced a conviction for animal neglect. Gross said Claudette Lacast of Manorville was found guilty on Friday of neglecting and abusing a 3-month-old mixed-breed puppy. The dog had suffered from hypothermia, emaciation and frostbite.

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