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By Lacey Gardner

Town of Lindley dog control officer allegedly stole dog and sold it illegally

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Official Misconduct, False Statement and Misapplication of Property Arrest

Read statement from the family of “Hope,” a 9 year old Yorkie mix who went missing in Corning on May 19, 2023

From the Steuben County Sheriff, pictured is “Hope”

“Steuben County Sheriff Jim Allard reports that on October 26, 2023, Investigators of the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office arrested Scott R. Casterline, age 51, of Church Creek Road, Lindley, New York, following an investigation of an alleged deceased dog. It is alleged that Mr. Casterline, acting as a public servant, took another’s property, a dog, sold that property and falsely reported the death of that dog. Investigators traced the sale to a location in Ohio, located the missing dog, retrieved and returned the dog to the rightful owner. Mr. Casterline was charged with Official Misconduct, Misapplication of Property, and False Written Statement. Mr. Casterline was released on an appearance ticket to appear in Lindley Town Court at a later date.

Sheriff Allard thanks the City of Corning Police Department for their assistance in this investigation and arrest.”

Dog owner Jeannine Staller expressed her joy that the dog had returned and praised the Steuben County Sheriff’s Office for bringing “Hope” home safely.

“We are finally able to share the news with all of you that our beloved dog, Hope, who was presumed dead 5 months ago is actually alive and back home!! Charges were filed today against Mr Scott Casterline for his wrongdoings as well as the Sheriff has put out a press release regarding these charges. We want to thank this whole community for their support and continued determination in seeking justice for Hope and for the Sheriff’s Dept in finding the truth and bringing our Hope back home to us alive!! ❤️:

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