Headlines: Animal neglect, Poughkeepsie drug arrest, illegal dumping in Rye

Here are some stories making headlines across the Hudson Valley.

News 12 Staff

Mar 23, 2023, 10:36 AM

Updated 427 days ago

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Here are some stories making headlines across the Hudson Valley.
A Greenville dog breeder is now serving a 10-day jail sentence for animal cruelty. Officials say 65-year-old Pawel Poznerowicz was sentenced March 8 and surrendered himself to Orange County Jail last week after pleading guilty to misdemeanor animal cruelty. He was found living with two dead dogs in his freezer and dozens of other dogs in deplorable conditions. Poznerowicz was charged in 2022 with 57 counts of animal cruelty, and his surviving miniature Doberman pinchers were seized by the SPCA. Poznerowicz was also sentenced to pay a $250 fine and mandated to register under the Rocky's Law, preventing him from owning or possessing animals in the future.
A Poughkeepsie man is now facing charges for allegedly selling illegal drugs in the city. The Dutchess County Drug Task Force says an investigation into drug sales and recent overdoses on Smith Street led to the arrest of Kevon Witter. They say a search warrant for 47 Smith Street resulted in multiple detainments - with some having arrest warrants in Pennsylvania, New York City and the Town of Poughkeepsie.
State police are seeking the public's help in identifying the people responsible for the illegal dumping of backfill debris along I-95 in Rye. A total of 17 hauls of backfill debris were discovered on or prior to Jan. 5, Jan. 24 and March 18. The debris was inspected, and it is believed to be construction excavation waste.


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