Updated 06/11/2012 06:41 PM
Man accused of starving dog
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- An abandoned and starved pit bull found in the City of Syracuse finally receives the care he needs and his owner faces three charges of animal cruelty.
Syracuse Police found the male pit bull in an abandoned apartment on Midland Avenue on May 31st.
Investigators say Stewie was extremely thin. He weighs only 37 pounds, when a dog his size should be between 65 or 70.
Although Stewie was severely malnourished, the veterinarian says he will be fine for adoption once he reaches a healthy weight.
The executive director of the Central New York SPCA stresses that if you have a pet, to take the responsibility of caring for it.
"It's tough, it's basically responsibility. If you have an animal, take responsibility for it. If you cannot afford an animal, bring it to your SPCA or your Humane Society, turn it in, or find someone who can care for it," said Paul Morgan, Executive Director of CNY SPCA.
Stewie's owner, Terry Gathings, 43, has beens charged with failure to provide proper sustenance and medical care and abandonment of the animal. He is due back in court June 19th.