An abandoned dog, which appears to have been neglected was found in Garrison and the Putnam County SPCA is turning to the public for help.
On August 23, at approximately 6:15 p.m., the PCSPCA responded to a call for assistance from a deputy with the Putnam County Sheriff’s Department regarding an animal related call in of Garrison.
Upon arrival,PCSPCA Humane Law Enforcement officers observed a female Poodle/Cocker Spaniel mix dog in an extreme state of neglect. According to residents of the Bird Lane home, this dog was found wandering in the backyard of their home. The residents also stated that shortly before finding the neglected canine, a BMW Motorcycle with extended saddlebags was observed on the dead end street of Bird Lane idling for several minutes.
The dog was found in a severe state of neglect and the PCSPCA officers immediately transported the dog to the Westchester Animal Hospital for examination.
There, a veterinarian diagnosed that this adult, female, Poodle/Cocker Spaniel mix was suffering with symmetrical alopecia, a severe case of yeast dermatitis, hyperkeratosis covering most of its body, most likely a congenital condition existing for years and overgrown nails on its paws. Hyperkeratosis causes tightly adherent scales with a rough feel, and is a severe skin infection causing skin lesions which are extremely uncomfortable and painful for the dog. The dog’s age was estimated at four to seven to years old.
According to a statement released by the PCSPCA, the treating veterinarian claimed that this was the worst case of this skin condition that he had ever seen.
With what is being considered as overwhelming and severe signs of neglect and the suspected abandonment of this animal in the area, the Putnam County SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Department is investigating this as a criminal case of animal cruelty and abandonment, both misdemeanors under New York State law.
The Putnam County SPCA asks for any information in regards to the person or persons who owned and/or abandoned this extremely neglected dog. All calls will be kept confidential. The public can contact the Putnam County SPCA at our 24 hour animal cruelty hotline at 845-520-6915 or through our website www.spcaputnam.org.