Owner of emaciated dog claims pooch; case under investigation, authorities say

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An emaciated dog found on West Thomas Street in Rome Thursday morning is under investigation by the Central New York SPCA.

Chief Investigator William Pulaski said the black Labrador Retriever mix was found wandering on West Thomas Street at about 8 a.m. Thursday. Pulaski said the dog appears very thin and emaciated.

The pooch was picked up by Rome Animal Control and turned over to the SPCA.

Since finding the dog, Pulaski said the owner reached out to the SPCA to claim it.

“We’re just trying to investigate the circumstances,” Pulaski said on Friday. No charges have been filed so far. He said the case remains under investigation.

According to the American Humane Society, millions of pets are lost, run away or become strays each year in the United States. The AHS warns that approximately only 15% of dogs and 2% of cats in animal shelters without ID tags or microchips are reunited with their owners.

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