Sherman Man Faces Animal Abuse Charges

MAYVILLE — David D. Hannold Sr., 50, of Sherman was charged with overdriving, torturing and injuring animals along with four counts of failure to provide proper sustenance and four counts of confinement of a companion animal in a vehicle.

Chautauqua County Sheriff’s deputies were called to a Mayville location for a report of a dog locked in a car for a minimum of 20 hours Thursday, Oct. 4. After the vehicle was found, one adult dog and three puppies were discovered in the car with all the windows up. Feces and no water were found in the vehicle.

The dogs were noticeably thin and in poor health. Since the owner was unable to be located at the time, the animals were seized by the Chautauqua Town Animal Control Officer for inadequate registration. The dogs were transported to the Chautauqua County Humane Society where it was determined that all four dogs had contracted a potentially deadly disease which could have been prevented with basic care and vaccination. One of the puppies died due to complications from the disease.

Through an investigation, deputies determined Hannold was the dogs’ owner and allegedly responsible for the incident. Charges were filed in Chautauqua Town Court, and Hannold is currently being held in Chautauqua County Jail and will be in town court later.