The dog was so emaciated that two veterinarians recommended it be euthanized to relieve his suffering.

A Phelps man was charged with aggravated cruelty to an animal (a felony) after a joint investigation found a dog at the man’s home in such painful condition it was euthanized to relieve its suffering.

According to the Ontario County Humane Society, the investigation with state police found Chris E. Duval, 38, of Phelps, to be the owner of an emaciated pit bull named Zeus. On March 18, the dog was found at Duval’s residence on County Road 26 after a search warrant was executed by state police involving another matter, the Humane Society reported.

Zeus was found lying in a small space on a bare floor that was covered with feces, according to the report. The dog had an eye protruding from its socket due to an untreated and neglected mass in his head. He was so emaciated that two veterinarians recommended the dog be euthanized to relieve his suffering. The dog was euthanized on the same day, according to the Humane Society.

Duval was charged and arrested by the Humane Society with help from state police. Duval was arraigned in Hopewell Town Court and sent to Ontario County Jail without bail.