The Ontario County Humane Society reports that two 19-year-old Canandaigua residents are facing animal cruelty charges following an incident, which occurred Friday afternoon in the Town of Hopewell.
The Humane Society says the report was initiated by a neighbor who say a 10-week-old brown and white pit-bull, boxer mix named Tank, running around the yard at the residence several times.
The second time they saw Tank loose they witnessed the 19-year-old, identified as Matthew J. Fowler, of Canandaigua grab the dog from Tianna Vanderwall, 19, of Canandaigua; and throw him against the outside wall of a residence.
The dog fell to the ground – yelping and screaming.
Both Fowler and Vanderwall then reatreated to their residence with the dog. An exam by a veterinarian revealed that Tank had substantial pain and tenderness to his left leg and was given pain medication.
Fowler was charged with animal cruelty; and Vanderwall was charged with animal cruelty for refusing to seek medical attention for the dog. She was also charged with resisting arrest and obstructing governmental administration.
Both will be arraigned at the Ontario County Jail. Tank remains at the Humane Society, according to deputies.
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