An East Patchogue man is facing animal cruelty charges after breaking the leg of a female pit bull, Suffolk County SPCA officials said Saturday.
According to the SPCA, Justin Notartomaso, 23, was arrested and charged with felony animal cruelty Saturday after detectives said he struck his stepbrother’s 2-year-old pit bull named Treasure with a two-by-four piece of lumber, “severely shattering” her hind leg.
Notartomaso is in custody and awaiting arraignment, the SPCA said. It was not immediately clear if Notartomaso had an attorney.
If convicted, Notartomaso could face up to two years imprisonment and would be required to register with the Suffolk County Animal Abuse Registry within five days after his release from incarceration, the SPCA said.