The dog had to be euthanized and a father and son who live at 16 Park Ave. faced multiple charges Thursday morning in City Court, Capt. John Cooney said. “Lets hope those charges mean that poor dog didn’t suffer & die for nothing…these people need a good slap & learn that animal abuse is a crime & won’t be tolerated…nice looking pair aren’t they…not faces you will forget in a hurry I hope??”
According to police reports, when patrol-men answered a report of a disturbance at the home at 11:50 p.m., they saw a German shepherd dog lying in the middle of the living room floor and unable to walk. Sam Gallo at the Capital District Animal Emergency Clinic said the animal was emaciated, anaemic had penetrating ulcers on its body, and that both of the animal’s rear hip bones were penetrating its skin and visible.
Police said that as officers investigated they discovered John Ferrara Jr., 26, and John Ferrara Sr., 59, who live at the home, were intoxicated. They became uncooperative when officers asked to search the residence to determine if there were other neglected animals or people in harm’s way, police said.
The two suspects then resisted arrest and wrestled with officers, police said. They were both charged with resisting arrest, obstruction of governmental administration and cruelty to animals. Ferrara Sr. faces an additional charge of harassment, police said.
Both were arraigned Thursday in City Court. John Ferrara Sr. was sent to the Rensselaer County Jail on $5,000 bail and his son on $2,500 bail.
Ferrara Jr. was treated at Samaritan Hospital for injuries he received during the struggle with police.