OPPENHEIM, N.Y. - New York State Police responded to a residence in the town of Oppenheim, in Fulton County, for a family offense to discover two dead dogs and a third very mal-nourished.
Police say they responded to the home on Stowell Road, where they discovered 31-year-old Katrina Feasel and her boyfriend 31-year-old Matthew VanAllen kept three dogs housed in kennels in the backyard.
Troopers checked the kennel finding that two of the three dogs were dead and appeared to have been very mal-nourished prior to their death.
A necropsy was performed on the two dead dogs with indications that one of the dogs died as a result of an intestinal parasite known as Whipworm. Also, a contributing factor of death for both dogs was weather-related, due to exposure from having been left outside in inadequate shelter during the recent cold weather.
The third dog was alive and was secured by the Town Dog Warden and transported to a veterinary clinic for treatment.
Both Feasel and VanAllen have been charged with cruelty to animals.
Additionally, Feasel was charged with menacing and criminal possession of a weapon relating to the family offense.