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Two dead puppies and four other dogs apparently suffering from malnutrition were found Monday afternoon outside a Hamburg man's apartment, town police said.

The man, who could not be located Monday, will be charged with violations of the Agricultural and Markets Law related to animal cruelty and failure to provide food for the dogs, Lt. Daniel Shea said.

Police were called to 4271 South Park Ave. to check the welfare of the dogs, whose owner hasn't been seen in at least a couple of days, Shea said.

The man reportedly lives in an apartment at that address with his wife and children.

Officers were told the dogs had not been fed for days.

"We could only see water there," Shea said.

All the dogs are cocker spaniels, Shea said.

The two dead puppies, as well as two other puppies, appear to be about a month old. Adult male and female dogs also were on the property.

Necropsies will be performed on the two dead puppies, Shea said.

Their remains and the four surviving dogs were turned over to Joseph Butler of the Angola office of the SPCA.

The dogs were inside a fenced-in parking area, with an overhang measuring 12 feet by 12 feet, the lieutenant said.

Police and Frank Velenti, the town's dog control officer, are investigating.

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