A Chautauqua County man was scheduled to answer animal abuse charges after Sheriff's deputies discovered an adult dog and three puppies in a locked vehicle, according to the Sheriff's Office.
David D. Hannold Sr., 50, of Mayville, was charged with four counts each of overdriving, torturing and injuring animals, failure to provide proper sustenance and confinement of a companion animal in a vehicle, according to the Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office.
Sheriff's deputies said they were called Oct. 4 to a location in the village and found the dogs in a car where it was alleged they had been locked with the windows rolled up for a minimum of 20 hours.
Deputies said feces was in the car and no water was provided to the animals, who were noticeably malnourished and in poor health.
Deputies initially were unable to locate Hannold. All four dogs were seized by the Town of Chautauqua animal control officer for inadequate registration and taken to the Chautauqua County Humane Society, where it was determined the dogs had contracted a potentially deadly disease that could have been prevented with care and vaccination, the Sheriff's Office said.
One puppy died as a result of complications from the disease, according to the Sheriff's Office.
Charges were filed in Chautauqua Town Court, the Sheriff's Office said.