A Johnson City man is facing animal cruelty charges in connection with emaciated dogs that were found in an apartment while police investigated a shooting incident last month.


Police say Steffen Chapman lived at the Harrison Street apartment building that was raided by the SWAT team after a man was shot on Grand Avenue April 9th and admitted he was responsible for the care of the six dogs.

Authorities were looking for evidence in connection with the incident in which a resident was beaten and shot as he reportedly confronted a group of loud young men coming from the area of the Susquehanna River on the night of April 9th.

20-year-old Spencer Chapman, 17-year-old Tacoma Chapman, 18-year old Jonathan Chapman and 18-year-old Caleb Casteline of Johnson City are charged with attempted murder in the wounding of the 37-year-old man.

Meanwhile, Police say the investigation into Steffen Chapman and the allegations of animal abuse and neglect continues.

The six dogs and puppies were taken to the BC Humane Society where they have been cared for and are available for adoption.

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