ONEONTA, N.Y. - State police in Oneonta and the Otsego County SPCA are investigating the South Side Dogs in the town of Worcester for allegedly neglecting dozens of dogs.
Trooper Schliermann in Oneonta tells NEWS10 26 dogs have been removed from the kennel by the Susquehanna SPCA for poor health conditions after police opened an investigation into South Side Dogs in December.
Officials say they received numerous reports regarding the poor physical health of dogs living at the kennel, prompting the SPCA to investigate. SPCA veterinarians inspected the dogs and advised the kennel employees to make adjustments needed on behalf of the dogs, and the vets would return in a few weeks to re-inspect the kennel to see if conditions had improved. When vets returned, the condition of the dogs' had not improved.
Officials say the dogs were extremely thin, with additional physical injuries. There are some signs of possible abuse, but officials say that is unknown at this time.
Trooper Schliermann in Oneonta says he believes there were about 80 dogs at the kennel. Vizslas, Weimaraners, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, and German Shorthaired Pointers are housed at the kennel, according to the South Side website.
Charges are pending against the owner of South Side Dogs, Frank Poplizio, of Schenectady.
According to the Southside Dogs website the business was established in 1987. The website says South Side takes pride in a "meticulously maintained estate" and they "provide its dogs with the very best."
NEWS10 will have more information as the story develops. Check back to NEWS10.com for updates.
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