The Suffolk County SPCA charged a Bellport man on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 with 2 counts of Animal Cruelty for neglecting his 2 Pit Bulls. Roy Gross, Chief of the Suffolk SPCA said that the agency received a call from a Town of Brookhaven Animal Control Officer who picked up the 2 Pit Bulls as strays. The dogs were identified as belonging to Antonio Arguenta, 48, of 15 Sunburst Lane, Bellport. Gross said that when an SPCA Officer questioned Arguenta about the dogs he identified them as belonging to him. Both dogs appeared emaciated and their bones and ribs were pushing through their skin. Chief Gross also said that Arguenta also admitted to having 7 Pit Bull puppies inside his home. The dogs were surrendered to the Brookhaven Animal Shelter.
Antonio Arguenta was charged with 2 counts of Failure to Provide Proper Sustenance, both class A Misdemeanors. He is due in First District Court, Central Islip on August 24, 2020 to answer to both charges. The dogs and puppies will be examined and evaluated for adoption by the Brookhaven Animal Shelter.