HANCOCK, N.Y. (WBNG) -- The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office says a Sidney man was arrested following a multi-month investigation that began when a dead dog was found in the river.
According to deputies, 29-year-old Donald Kern was charged on Sunday with aggravated cruelty to animals, a class E felony.
The sheriff's office says on March 26, officers with the Hancock Village Police Department responded to the area of the Hancock Village Waste Water Treatment Facility following a report that the dog had been found in the Delaware River.
Deputies say the dog was removed from the river with the assistance of the Hancock Fire Department and it was determined to have been shot several times.
Investigators say community members helped lead them to the owner, who was identified as Kern.
"Further investigation revealed that Kern had intentionally shot and killed his dog, disposed of it in the river and later sold his rifle in a private sale transaction in violation of the New York SAFE Act," the sheriff's office wrote in a news release.
The Walton Police Department also assisted in the investigation.
Kern was arraigned in the Village of Hancock Court on Sunday and sent to the Delaware County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail.
Authorities say he will face additional gun-related charges.