Niagara Falls Man Charged After Abandoning Shar-Pei Puppies; Two Still Missing

A man has been charged following the discovery of five puppies, one of whom was found dead, in a river in Niagara Falls. In a news release, police said that Niagara Parks Police Service officers were notified by out-of-town visitors about the puppies, who were found in the “frigid” river. While waiting for the arrival of officers, the visitors brought the puppies into their vehicle to keep them warm. The four surviving puppies have been transferred to the Niagara Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and the Humane Society. Two more remain unaccounted for. Police conducted a search warrant at a suspect’s home, leading to the arrest of 63-year-old Mario Sid Silva. He faces charges of causing unnecessary pain to animals and killing animals. Silva had a video bail hearing on January 11, 2024, at the Robert S.K. Welch Courthouse.