Newborn puppies 'abandoned' in shoebox on Thanksgiving die. New York Mills man charged

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A New York Mills man was arrested Monday after falsely reporting to the New York Mills police that two puppies had been abandoned at his home early Thanksgiving, village police reported Wednesday.

Police said 37-year-old Emmanuel Lilly was caring for a pit bull belonging to his ex-girlfriend, who lived in Madison County. The dog gave birth to three puppies, and Lilley took the puppies home with him, after which he decided he could no longer care for them, police said. One of the puppies died in his care, and he called 911 in the early morning hours of Thanksgiving, stating the two dogs were abandoned on his porch.

New York Mills police Officer Michael Firley and Yorkville police Officer Pelesic hold two newborn puppies found abandoned in a shoebox early Thanksgiving morning.
New York Mills police Officer Michael Firley and Yorkville police Officer Pelesic hold two newborn puppies found abandoned in a shoebox early Thanksgiving morning.

Newborn puppies rely on their mother for basic needs like feeding and keeping warm during their first few weeks, according to the American Kennel Club. Police attempted to find an agency to care for the puppies overnight, and got in contact over Facebook with Rome resident Ashley Wright.

New York Mills police had located and were planning to reunite the puppies with their mother, but the two puppies died in Wright's care before then, police said.

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Lilley was arrested by New York Mills police with the Central New York SPCA and charged with one count of third-degree falsely reporting an incident and one count of overdriving, torturing and injuring animals for failure to provide proper sustenance, both misdemeanors, police said Thursday. He is due to appear in New York Mills Village Court on Dec. 15.

H. Rose Schneider is the public safety reporter for the Observer-Dispatch. Email Rose at hschneider@gannett.com.

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