Two people in the village of Oxford have been arrested on charges of animal cruelty toward an American bulldog. 

Chenango County Sheriff Ernest Cutting told The Daily Star on Monday that the dog, Hope, was found by a citizen shortly before Sept. 12. The citizen found the abandoned dog in Whaupaunaucau state land in the town of North Norwich, according to a media release by the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office. Hope was found abandoned, “in suffering conditions” without food or water but had no injuries, Cutting said. 

Matthew A. Spicer, 26 and Monica M. Towndrow, 23, both of the village of Oxford, were arrested following the condition of the dog at the time of its recovery. Spicer was arrested Sept. 16 and Towndrow was arrested Sept. 12. Towndrow also allegedly provided a false statement to police about Hope’s whereabouts the day it was recovered from state land.

The citizen alerted the Chenango County Sheriff’s Office and an officer located and picked up the dog. Hope was later brought to the Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital in Norwich for treatment and is recovering there, Cutting said. 

The investigation is ongoing and additional arrests are expected, according to the release.

Shweta Karikehalli, staff writer, can be reached at or 607-441-7221. Follow her @DS_ShwetaK on Twitter.

Recommended for you