PORT CHESTER, N.Y. A Bronx veterinarian has been chaged with illegally disposing of the remains of 35 animals along the Hutchinson River Parkway in Harrison, Westchester County police report.
Andrew Manesis, 66, of New Canaan, was arrested in his vehcle Friday in Port Chester after he was stopped on I-95 near the I-287 interchange.
The investigation began on April 5 when the remains of 26 cats, eight dogs and one lizard were discovered in brush alongside the highway.
Manesis was charged with scheme to defraud, violation of the county environmental law and two counts of petit larceny, all misdemeanors. Manesis owns Throgs Neck Animal Hospital in the Bronx.
Dr. Manesis was entrusted by his clients to dispose of their pets remains in a proper and dignified manner, Public Safety Commissioner George N. Longworth said. Instead, it appears he simply pulled off to the side of a local highway and tossed the animal carcasses into the woods.
County police detectives, along with officers of the Humane Law Enforcement division of the SPCA, said they were able to identify two owners of the animals and link the cases back to Manesis and Throgs Neck Animal Hospital.
Police said they are determined to identify the remaining pet owners. Manesis will appear in Harrison Town court on June 5.
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