SPCA Arrests 19-Year-Old Philipstown Resident for Animal Abuse


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The Putnam County SPCA announces the arrest of Caleb Shuk, a 19-year-old resident of the Town of Philipstown on May 4th, 2021. In April, the Putnam County SPCA was contacted by an officer of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police in regard to a Snapchat video that was forwarded to that agency, of an adult male killing a bat resting against a rock wall in the Sunken Mines Caves area of Putnam Valley. The suspect took a large rock, with no justifiable reason, appeared to crushed the bat multiple times causing it extreme pain and ultimately its death – all while yelling expletives about coronavirus and laughing. The Department of Environmental Conservation Police and Putnam County SPCA Law Enforcement Division were able to locate the individual, Caleb Shuk, and interviewed him at the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department. SPCA officers charged Mr. Shuk with allegedly committing one count of animal cruelty, a class A misdemeanor. Mr. Shuk will be arraigned in Putnam Valley Justice Court on the SPCA charge and additional NYS DEC Police charges on May 13th.

The Putnam County SPCA would like to thank the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Police, the Village of Cold Spring Police Department, the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department, and the Putnam County Probation Department for their help.

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Article | by Dr. Radut