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Man faces animal cruelty charge after SPCA finds 2 starving dogs

Two dogs recently found in emaciated conditions are being helped by the Niagara County SPCA. One of the cases led to aggravated animal cruelty charge and the SPCA is looking for information about who may have owned the other dog.

Niagara Falls police investigated a complaint of a weak, emaciated dog on the 1700 block of 22nd Street on Tuesday night, according to a police report. The dog - a 3-year-old pit bull-boxer mix who was named Precious, but who has been renamed Bedelia - also was ridden with fleas and parasites, according to the SPCA.

Police made contact with the owner, identified as Timothy R. Neff, 31, of 20th Street, on Wednesday morning at his home. Neff was charged with a felony animal cruelty charge, police said. Neff told police he had given the dog to some people in West Seneca four months ago and was recently contacted by a friend who said the dog was in poor condition. The friend then brought him the dog, he told police.

The other dog, which also had fleas and parasites, was found on Green Street on the Tuscarora Indian Reservation. The SPCA doesn't know how the dog, who was renamed Raine, ended up in that condition.

The SPCA asks anyone who may have information about the Raine's history or a possible owner to call 716-731-4368, ext. 302.

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