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West Monroe man faces felony animal cruelty charges

State troopers have arrested a 38-year-old following an animal cruelty investigation.

Bryon D. Phillips, a 38-year-old resident of West Monroe faces a felony count of animal cruelty after an investigation earlier this month.

Phillips was taken into custody on February 20th following an investigation that began on February 10th. Troopers were requested to assist Oswego County Probation Officers at a residence on Potter Road in West Monroe for an unrelated complaint when the incident was uncovered.

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Trooper Kylie Black discovered a chocolate lab named “Chance” located in a back addition to the residence, separate from the house. Upon further inspection, it was discovered that the dog had not been let outside for months, and there were feces and urine throughout the room. Additionally, “Chance” did not have access to food or water and was severely emaciated.

The dog was immediately seized by State Police, and with the assistance of the Highland Animal Hospital in Central Square, was treated for various medical issues. “Chance” is about 6 or 7 years old and underweight by approximately 30 pounds, but with the help of the Veterinary Office and Dawn of a New Day Animal Rescue, he is expected to make a full recovery and be adopted into his forever home.

Phillips was issued an appearance ticket and is scheduled to appear in Oswego County CAP court on March 1st.