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Case ID: 19158
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Friday, Jan 20, 2012

County: Plymouth

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Mark Zewiey

Police say a Whitman man mistreated his two dogs by keeping them in poorly insulated dog houses without water in freezing weather.

Mark Zewiey, 50, of 195 Temple St., was arrested Friday on charges of animal cruelty, possession of animals without a license, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

Whitman Deputy Police Chief Scott D. Benton said police received a complaint about Zewiey's elk hound and golden retriever not being kept in proper outdoor shelters.

Robert Hammond, Whitman's animal control officer, went to investigate and was assured by Zewiey's wife, Kathleen, that the couple would resolve the problem.

Hammond returned the next day and found both dogs were inside the couple's house. He made a third check on Friday and found the dogs were once again outside in the cold.

Their shelters remained uninsulated, and their water bowls were dry and had leaves in them, Benton said.

"The dog houses were inadequate for the weather, especially the latest weather and how cold it has been," Benton said. "It is sad, because the animals were defenseless."

Both dogs were unlicensed and there was no record of rabies vaccinations, he said.

Whitman police went to the couple's house at 10:39 a.m. Friday and arrested Zewiey, who resisted and then complained of chest pains.

He was taken to Signature Health Care Brockton Hospital, police said.

Hammond seized both dogs and is housing them at the town's animal control shelter.

They will remain there until the Zewieys obtain dog licenses, have their dogs vaccinated for rabies and improve their outdoor shelters, Benton said.


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