NEW YORK STATE POLICE
Major Darrin S. Pitkin
Troop D Commander
On September 1, 2020, State Police responded to the U-Haul storage unit located at 26470 SR 11 in the town of Leray for a dog complaint.
Upon arrival, Troopers interviewed the complainant who stated that he went to his storage unit and noticed that there was an animal whining in the unit next to his. A staff employee responded to the storage shed and removed the lock. Troopers discovered a German Shepard inside the storage unit and appeared to be very underweight. There was a large bowl of dog food, but no water in the unit.
A dog control officer responded to the storage unit took custody of the dog. Following a medical evaluation from a local veterinarian, it was determined that the dog was approximately 30 pounds underweight, had a severe flea infection, and an internal parasite, which is likely the cause of the dog being underweight.
On September 14, 2020, Troopers arrested Matthew I. Majestic, age 21 from Fort Drum, NY for New York State Agriculture and Markets Law §353 - Overdriving, torturing and injuring animals; failure to provide proper sustenance, a class “A” misdemeanor. He was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in the town of Leray Court on October 21, 2020, at 1:30 p.m.