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Zoe, a German shepard rescued in Exeter, is shown after treatment in this photo supplied by New York State Police.

State police said they have arrested an Exeter man in connection with the case of a German shepard found with a missing leg.

According to a media release, Carl K. Pritchard, 59was charged on Monday, Nov. 18, with the Agriculture and Markets Law violation of overdriving, torturing and injuring animals; failure to provide proper sustenance, a misdemeanor; and failure to provide appropriate shelter for dogs left outdoors, a violation. 

Troopers from Richfield Springs reported they responded to a complaint of alleged animal cruelty at a residence on county Route 22 in Exeter on Nov. 14.  They said a UPS driver making a delivery observed a dog whose left leg appeared to be missing and described it as “blown off.” 

The Susquehanna SPCA responded to the scene and a local veterinarian was contacted. 


The dog, named Zoe, was immediately taken to a clinic. A veterinary technician noted that the dog had been chained to a stake in the yard, living in a plastic pet carrier with a small amount of hay on the bottom and had no food and another bowl that was frozen and snow covered. 

Veterinarians reportedly told troopers they believed the dog had likely chewed off her own leg after they observed bone fragments in her stomach. She also had previous untreated injuries and scarred ear tips, the release said. 

Zoe was cared for by veterinarians in Otsego County and later transported to Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine for further care. 


Troopers said Pritchard surrendered the dog due to his inability to pay for any vet bills.  He is due to appear in the town of Exeter court on Dec. 4. 

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