Eden residents cited for cruelty to an animal after puppy left to die

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BELVIDERE — Two residents of Eden were cited for cruelty to an animal following an incident in Belvidere on Sunday.

Police say a good samaritan found a 6-month-old puppy left on Newton Valley Road at around 7:30 p.m.

The puppy was severely emaciated and was brought to Lamoille Valley Veterinary Services.

Police say while the puppy was receiving treatment it succumbed to its emaciated state.

With the assistance of Animal Control Officer Dean Marcier and other good samaritans who came forward, the owners of the puppy were identified as James A. Holloway, 33, and James A. Holloway Sr., 66.

During the investigation, it was found that the Holloways had driven the puppy to the scene, where it was left on the side of the road to die.

Police say the Holloways had four other dogs that were voluntarily surrendered and were brought to the Lamoille Valley Veterinary Center to receive treatment.

These dogs are doing well and will be put up for adoption at a later date.

Police say the Holloways were issued citations to appear in court to answer to the charge.