Nearly 20 dogs rescued from squalor in Mastic home

Police say an anonymous tip led to the discovery of nearly 20 starving dogs living in filthy conditions in a Mastic home Saturday. Officials at the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty

News 12 Staff

Jul 8, 2007, 2:45 AM

Updated 6,216 days ago

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Police say an anonymous tip led to the discovery of nearly 20 starving dogs living in filthy conditions in a Mastic home Saturday.
Officials at the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said the conditions at 59 Coventry Avenue were some of the worst they?ve ever seen.
Suffolk officials say 19 lhasa apsos, miniature poodles and cocker spaniels were stuffed into cages and lying in their own feces and urine. The dogs had no food, no water, lights or ventilation.
Veterinarians evaluated the dogs and found health issues ranging from severe gum disease to corneal ulcers. Doctors said two of the cocker spaniels were pregnant. All 19 dogs were transported to a nearby shelter.
Suffolk County SPCA arrested 63-year-old Daniel Friedman and charged him with animal cruelty. Police say Friedman could face up to 19 years in prison and/or pay a $19,000 fine if he is found guilty on all 19 counts.


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