North Massapequa Father and Son Arrested for Starving Their Dogs, Cops Say

Thomas Skuza and Thomas Skuza Jr. are charged with Animal Cruelty after their dogs were found emaciated with ribs, spine, and hips showing.

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The Nassau County SPCA announces the arrest of Thomas Skuza and Thomas Skuza Jr. of North Massapequa, NY for Animal Cruelty against their two dogs, Romeo and Damian (pictured above).

Photo by: Nassau County Police Department

North Massapequa, NY - May 16, 2017 - The Nassau County SPCA announces the arrest of Thomas Skuza and Thomas Skuza Jr. of Massapequa, NY for FAILURE TO PROVIDE PROPER SUSTENANCE, a class A misdemeanor. They deprived their two dogs, Romeo and Damian, of necessary sustenance, food and water. Both dogs were found at their North Massapequa home by Nassau County SPCA Detectives emaciated with ribs, spine, and hips showing. They were dehydrated with sunken eyes and poor skin turgor.
Romeo and Damian were immediately taken to an animal hospital where they were admitted  for initial stabilization and supportive care. The veterinarian's evaluation found both to be underweight with muscle wasting. Romeo had metallic foreign bodies in his stomach, which will likely need to be removed to prevent life threatening complications.
Romeo and Damian are going to need extensive veterinary care including possible surgery, the Nassau County SPCA is asking the public for help. Anyone wishing to help can go to
A criminal charge is an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
To Report Animal Cruelty call 516-THE-SPCA, email or use our online form. If are reporting an emergency, or that an animal is it about to be imminently injured or killed, CALL 911 and request immediate police response.
About Nassau County SPCA  
Located in Nassau County, New York, The Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals is a 501(c) (3), nonprofit organization originally designed to protect animals in the county from abuse and neglect, and to provide basic welfare. We hold special authority to enforce NYS Agriculture & Markets Law, and all other state and local humane laws. We are the only animal protection agency officially designated to operate within the county's borders.
The NCSPCA is a volunteer organization dedicated to the rescue, care and placement of needy animals. The Society is run entirely by unpaid volunteers and its operations have been historically funded through contributions solicited from the public and through corporate grants.
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