YONKERS, N.Y. – A Yonkers man was arrested following a joint investigation by the local police and the SPCA of Westchester after it was discovered he left two dogs in an unoccupied apartment without adequate food or water.
On Tuesday, the SPCA announced that Yonkers Police Officer William Pataki and the SPCA’s Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) Director Ernest Lungaro’s joint investigation had concluded, with the arrest of Nicholas Kolmer, 23, who abandoned his two dogs in their own waste, without food or water in his Farquhar Avenue home.
Kolmer has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. Animal cruelty is defined as anyone that “overdrives, overloads, tortures or cruelly beats or unjustifiably injures, maims, mutilates or kills any animal, whether wild or tame, and whether belonging to himself or to another, or deprives any animal of necessary sustenance, food or drink, or neglects or refuses to furnish it such sustenance or drink, or causes, procures or permits” such acts.
The investigation into Kolmer began last week, when Yonkers police received several calls that a “foul odor” was emanating from Kolmer’s residence, with urine and feces from the dogs seeping into the apartment below, causing damage.
Upon entering Kolmer’s apartment, two young, adult female pit bulls were found, emaciated, covered in their own waste and without food or water.
A subsequent examination from an SPCA veterinarian found the dogs to both be dehydrated, malnourished, and underweight with multiple skin infections. The pit bulls were treated for their maladies and transported to the Yonkers Animal Shelter, where they are now healthy and available for adoption.
SPCA Executive Director Shannon Laukhuf said that while this incident ended well, it may have ended in tragedy if not for Kolmer’s neighbors alerting the police when they noticed something suspicious.
The SPCA’s confidential animal cruelty hotline is (914) 941-7797
“The SPCA is grateful that through its HLE Unit and the Yonkers Police Department, these dogs were spared further suffering,” she said. “We’re also thankful to those individuals who initially reported the problem. It’s crucial to contact our HLE Unit or the police if animal neglect or cruelty is suspected.”
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