OWEGO, N.Y. (WETM) – Deputies have arrested a man for allegedly abandoning a laundry basket of guinea pigs on a riverbank in Owego in what the Sheriff’s Office called an “act of cruelty”.

Dale Fay, 33, of Union, NY was arrested on January 25 by the Tioga Sheriff’s Office in connection to the report of abandoned animals the day before. He was charged with Overdriving, Torturing and Injuring Animals and Abandonment of Animals. He was issued an appearance ticket to appear in the Town of Owego Court on February 24, 2022.

The Tioga County Sheriff’s Office received a complaint of found property at Hickories Park on January 23 around 3 p.m. Deputies found a laundry basket with six guinea pigs inside that was abandoned on the riverbank of the Susquehanna River in the park.

Someone visiting the park found the guinea pigs and called the Sheriff’s Office with a description of the suspect’s vehicle as a white Subaru hatchback with a roof rack. The guinea pigs were found before the cold weather had “any harmful effects”, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Deputy Brenda Yaeger at the Sheriff’s Office at 607-687-1010.