In a case of animal starvation that shocked Suffolk County SPCA officials, a Centereach man has been charged with a felony for allegedly abandoning his dog in an empty house without food or water.

The 2-year-old Doberman pinscher mix was found on May 23 emaciated, dehydrated and near death in a closed bedroom in an abandoned home on Edwin Street in Centereach.

The dog's owner, Ozkan Guleryuz, 20, now faces up to 2 years in prison and a $5,000 fine on charges of felony aggravated animal cruelty. He was released from jail after posting $1,500 bail Tuesday following his arrest on Monday.

Guleryuz, who previously lived in the house but was living in Medford at the time of his arrest, was not able to be reached for comment. A neighbor, who would give only his middle name, Anthony, described Guleryuz as "a good kid."

Anthony added he never heard or saw a dog in the home during the three years he's been friends with Guleryuz.

But Suffolk SPCA Chief Roy Gross said Guleryuz admitted the dog was his.

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"I've never seen a dog as thin as this and still alive," Gross said.

The SPCA rescued the animal after a neighbor heard barking from the home and called police.

The dog weighed 19 pounds and was too weak to stand.

SPCA Sgt. Regina Benfante said the dog, which the SPCA nicknamed Justin - because he was found just in time, Gross said - seemed to understand that the officers were there to save him.

"He just sighed and put his head on my shoulder," Benfante said. "It was like the dog knew he was going to a safe place."

Despite having been in the early stages of organ failure, the dog responded well to treatment and likely will make a full recovery, said Dr. Dominic Marino, chief of staff at Long Island Veterinary Specialists in Plainview.

Once the dog is fully recovered, he will be available for adoption, Gross said.Guleryuz is due back at court tomorrowThursday.