Man charged with animal cruelty following dog’s death

SHERBURNE – A Sherburne man was arrested Monday and authorities say the man’s failure to provide food and shelter for his dog resulted in the dog’s death.

Michael E. Holbert, 31, Sherburne, was charged with one count of misdemeanor animal cruelty, which is in violation of New York State Agriculture and Markets Law.



The investigation was conducted by the New York State Troopers, members of the Bureau of Criminal Investigation from State Police Norwich, and Rick Crowell, the local Dog Control Officer.

According to authorities, the investigation stemmed from a social media post that reported the dog’s condition.

“The post was shared, then seen by animal rights advocates, including the People of the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA),” read a release from the NYSP.

The involved advocates then reported their suspicions to the authorities who then launched their investigation.

It is required by New York State Agriculture and Markets Law that people must provide adequate food, water and shelter, and they prevent their animals from being unjustly injured.


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