A $1,000 reward is being offered by the Suffolk County SPCA for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of whoever is responsible for abandoning two dogs in the woods adjacent to a church in Ridge.
According to a SPCA news release, the dogs were found Monday tied to a tree in the woods next to the Temple Baptist Church on Smith Road.
The release said the SPCA received a call about the dogs from Town of Brookhaven Animal Control after a Good Samaritan spotted the dogs and provided them with food and water. The release added the Good Samaritan had heard the animals crying on Aug. 21 and went to look in the woods the next day.
A person convicted of abandonment of animals could be found guilty of a misdemeanor punishable by imprisonment up to 1 year and/or a fine of up to $1,000, and they could also be charged with neglect, failure to provide appropriate shelter and tethering violations, the SPCA said.
Anyone who recognizes the dogs or has any information about who might have abandoned them are asked to contact the Suffolk County SPCA at 631-382-7722. All calls will be kept confidential.