New York veterinarian arrested for dumping dead pets on highway

Andrew Manesis 
By: Sarah Weiss 

A veterinarian in the Bronx, New York, has been arrested for dumping 35 dead animals along the Hutchinson River Parkway in Westchester County, New York.

Andrew Manesis of the Animal Clinic and Surgery of Throggs Neck, was arrested by police in Westchester County after an investigation that began April 5, when the remains of 26 dogs, eight cats and a lizard, were found in dense brush about 10 feet from the Hutch in Harrison, New York.

"It seems that he stopped his car and dumped the bodies of animals in the forest," George Longworth, commissioner of public safety in Westchester, said.

The animals were wrapped in garbage bags and thrown into the bushes on several occasions from March 2011 to April 2012, police said. Many decomposed before they were recovered.

Police used evidence collected at the scene to identify two pet owners and link the remains to Manesis, 66, of New Canaan, Connecticut. The owners paid the veterinarian $100 to $300 to get rid of their pets in a dignified way.