Fairport, N.Y. – On March 30, 2021 Humane Law Enforcement investigators from Lollypop Farm arrested Michael Meyer (DOB 9/16/1966) of Rochester, NY, after he was seen on camera repeatedly punching his dog in the washroom of the Henrietta Country Max.
Store employees immediately reviewed CCTV recordings and notified the Lollypop Farm Humane Law Enforcement Department after reports from a customer who heard what they believed to be someone abusing a dog in the dog washroom. Upon reviewing the store camera footage, investigators witnessed a man punching a German Shepherd mix.
After reviewing the footage, investigators determined the man punched the dog multiple times. The suspect was briefly questioned and identified as Rochester resident Michael Meyer. Concluding the investigation, Humane Law Enforcement officers attempted to locate and charge Meyer; however we were unable to find him at his address of record. In partnership with Rochester Area Crimestoppers, Humane Law Enforcement Investigators were able to locate Meyer on March 30th after receiving a tip through 9-1-1. Meyer was charged with overdriving, torturing, and injuring of animals.
“This type of violence against a family pet is not something we can tolerate in our community,” says Lollypop Farm Vice President for Law Enforcement Reno Di Domenico. “We are grateful to the patrons and store employees who reported this crime and the Good Samaritan who sent in the tip that made it possible to bring this animal abuser to justice.”
Meyer has been ordered to appear at Henrietta Town Court to face charges of overdriving, torturing, and injuring an animal on April 13th, 2021. The misdemeanor offense could lead to up to a $1,000 fine and/or up to one year in prison.
Lollypop Farm maintains an SPCA designation and its Humane Law Enforcement Department is charged with investigating and enforcing the animal cruelty laws of New York State. Serving Monroe, Orleans, Livingston, and Genesee counties, Lollypop Farm plays a critical role in addressing animal cruelty in the community. These humane law enforcement officers are certified state peace officers with the authority to make arrests and seize animals being abused or neglected. Lollypop Farm and its Humane Law Enforcement Department receive no tax dollars or government funding.
To report suspected animal cruelty, call the Lollypop Farm Animal Cruelty Hotline at (585) 223-6500 or 911 for immediate life-threatening situations.
ABOUT LOLLYPOP FARM, HUMANE SOCIETY OF GREATER ROCHESTER: Established in 1873, Lollypop Farm is the largest animal welfare organization helping pets and people in the Greater Rochester area. Lollypop Farm is committed to creating a just and compassionate world for all animals. Together with our community, we better the lives of animals through justice, prevention, and life-saving care. With a main campus located in Fairport and three other adoption centers throughout the community, the organization provides shelter, care, and adoption for dogs, cats, small animals, birds, reptiles, horses, and other farm animals. Lollypop Farm is an independent nonprofit organization supported through donations and program fees. For more information and to meet current animals available for adoption, please visit www.lollypop.org.