Police respond to domestic disturbance, discover emaciated dog

Posted at: 01/03/2013 12:38 PM
Updated at: 01/03/2013 4:37 PM
By: Andrew Murphy

TROY - Police officers responding to a domestic disturbance say they found a starving dog.

Police say the dog was so skinny his hip bones were showing through his skin.

Police arrested 59-year-old John Ferrara Sr. and his 26-year-old son, John Ferrara Jr.

Police say a neighbor called 911 after hearing a woman screaming for help from Ferrara's house. They say Ferrara Jr. was fighting with his sister.

While officers were asking questions, they say father and son became uncooperative.

Officers used force to get into the home. That's when police say they discovered an unresponsive German shepherd.

Police say the dog had to be euthanized.

"The dog was just visibly emaciated, I can't describe the wounds that were visible on and about the dog's body. Cohoes animal control was called to the scene. I just spoke to them who told me this was if not the worst, amongst the worst cases he has ever seen in his career," said John Cooney of Troy Police

The two men were arraigned Thursday morning.