A Bellmore man was arrested Wednesday for animal neglect, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice said.
Jamie Flexer, 38, was arrested and charged with one count of failure to provide proper sustenance, a misdemeanor.
On June 15, Flexer was evicted from the Bellmore home he shared with his ex-wife and had lived alone for three years. As part of their divorce, Flexer took custody of Graham, a 10-year-old labrador retriever, Rice said.
Following the eviction, Flexer's ex-wife returned to the home and saw that Flexer left Graham behind with no food or water and that the dog was completely dehydrated and severely underweight, Rice said.
Flexer's ex-wife then contacted the DA's Animal Crimes Unit and took the dog to Mineola Animal Hospital. After an examination, the vet determined that the dog's emaciated condition was due to "chronic starvation."
Graham is now in good health and is in custody of Second Chance Labrador Retriever Rescue.
Flexer faces up to one year in prison.