A Worcester dog kennel under scrutiny by state police and a local SPCA chapter failed a state Department of Agriculture and Markets inspection Jan. 6.

South Side Dogs was found to be non-compliant in several areas related to shelter, sanitation, feeding and veterinary care, according to a copy of a pet dealer inspection report obtained by The Daily Star from Ag and Markets.

The kennel is owned by Frank Popolizio Sr. of  Schenectady. The state inspection was part of Popolizio’s annual renewal process and was not related to the actions of troopers and the Susquehanna SPCA, according to department spokeswoman Jessica Ziehm.

“It was an unannounced, routine inspection,” Ziehm said today. “(South Side Dogs) was found to be unsatisfactory in compliance with both animal care and sanitation.”

Ag and Markets inspectors Annette Holowka and Debra Toth surveyed the property Jan. 6  and, according to the report, found dogs with sores on their hips; three dogs being housed in an outside pen with a doghouse that was not big enough for all three; dirty kennels and inadequate feeding and watering. Those findings were deemed as critical, according to the report.

The business received satisfactory grades in a number of areas including record keeping, trash disposal, handling of the animals, shelter, ventilation whelping boxes.

Ziehm said Popolizio has 30 days to correct the deficiencies, which would be evaluated by a re-inspection.

“That’s also unannounced,” she said.

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