On Saturday, November 12th Gregry Simmons, 48, and Amoni Shevelle Lathrop, 27, both of Farmington came to the Ontario County Humane Society with a 10-year-old French bulldog they claimed to have found as a stray in the area.
At the time, Simmons signed the necessary paperwork needed to turn the dog over as a stray. While at the shelter the dog began having seizures. This occurred in the presence of both Simmons and Shevelle, according to deputies.
A short time later a search of Simmons’ social media accounts showed that the dog had been posted there several times. The dogs name was Fletcher.
The next day the two were interviewed and it was found that the dog was having seizures on a daily basis. They didn’t seek medical care for the dog and instead, brought him to the shelter because they didn’t want to pay for the veterinarian bills.
Simmons was charged with animal cruelty and making a false written statement, as well as conspiracy. Shevelle was charged with falsely reporting an incident and conspiracy.
The charges will be answered at a later date. Humane Society officials stated that Fletcher passed away while having a seizure after being in their care for two days. The dog received veterinary care during that time.
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