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Bainbridge couple faces animal cruelty charges for dog left out in cold weather

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Alexander G. and Laura L. Griffin, of Bainbridge, N.Y. were arrested last week and charged with animal cruelty by the Chenango County Sheriff's Office reported the CNYCentral.

The charges came as a result of authorities finding the couple's dog left outdoors in the inclement weather on March 28, with no shelter, food, or water.

Upon veterinarian examination, the dog was found to have a broken leg which had not been treated.

According to NEW YORK STATE AGRICULTURE AND MARKETS LAW, under the subtitle of Appropriate Shelter for Dogs Left Outdoors, the statute states:

"Physical Condition " shall include any special medical needs of a dog due to disease, illness, injury, age or breed about which the owner or person with custody or control of the dog should reasonably be aware.

"Inclement weather " shall mean weather conditions that are likely to adversely affect the health or safety of the dog, including but not limited to rain, sleet, ice, snow, wind, or extreme heat and cold.

"Dogs that are left outdoors " shall mean dogs that are outdoors in inclement weather without ready access to, or the ability to enter, a house, apartment building, office building, or any other permanent structure that complies with the standards enumerated in paragraph (b) of subdivision three of this section.

The couple are scheduled to appear in court.

"How many times were pet owners asked to take their pets indoors with the kind of weather we had this winter in New York?" asked Caryn Williams, of Long Island, N.Y. "This has been the worst winter I can remember, and I just can't get it through my head and my heart how these dog owners could be warm and toasty in their own kitchens and leave a defenseless dog outside with a broken leg, no less with no food, water, or shelter. I hope they get more than a slap on the wrist."

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