Shaheen R. Shaheen, the dog control officer for the Town of Tupper Lake, was arrested by NY state police this week and charged with “one count of torturing or injuring animals or failure to provide sustenance, a class A misdemeanor, and one count of neglect of an impound animal, a class U misdemeanor.”
Shaheen had reportedly picked up a stray dog on October 2 after receiving a call about a loose dog in need of help from a neighborhood resident. He took the dog, who police say was in rough shape, to the Tupper Lake Animal Shelter. It’s not clear what else, if anything, Shaheen did for the dog after leaving him in a cage:
“The dog was in poor health at the time of confiscation, and its health continued to deteriorate while at the shelter,” the [state police press] release said.
“Shaheen failed to provide the dog with proper care and needed veterinary service.”
The dog was found dead at the shelter on October 26. The town council met with Shaheen about the death on October 27 and the town supervisor requested his resignation. He resigned his position, effective October 31.
Shaheen is due to appear in court on November 25.