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Thursday, February 13, 2014 at 5:08 pm

Lost Dogs: Deacon and Mavis

post by Howard Owens in animals, Attica, pets

This is Deacon and Mavis. Deacon and Mavis are missing.

Owner Dawn Wolcott said they ran off Monday night and haven't returned.

Wolcott lives in Attica. She isn't sure what direction they headed, but is hoping somebody in Genesee County might know their whereabouts.

They are rescues from Buffalo and Wolcott has had them about a year.

Deacon has a white and green collar and tags. Mavis has a red collar and tags.

Wolcott can be reached at (585) 297-3241.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014 at 5:36 pm

Dog found malnourished showing signs of recovery, now in foster care

post by Howard Owens in animals, batavia, crime, pets

Nina Kelso certainly has her supporters -- friends and family members who have argued passionately on Facebook and on The Batavian that those who judge her and heap insults upon her and even threaten her don't know the full story.

She would never abuse an animal and her dog was ill not from mistreatment, they say, but because he unintentionally ate something toxic.

Darren Dewitt:

Don't judge this one too soon. I've known Nina for years and something is off with this whole deal. My understanding is that the dog was dying and instead of having the vet put it down she let it live out its days at home with the family. The court has the final word.

Lynda Kelso:

Can't help it when a DOG does what DOGS do and gets into something and it makes them sick. ... He got sick and was vomiting. How do u loose weight when u get sick? He was weak from what he ate. They were trying to get food in there right down to baby formula.

Nina Kelso's case began at 6:08 p.m., Feb. 4, when Sgt. Chris Camp and Officer Jamie Givens responded to a report on Hutchins Street of a malnourished dog.

When they arrived they spotted a canine inside that, according to the officers, was emaciated and couldn't stand on its own.

Dr. Fran Woodworth of State Street Animal Hospital was contacted to assist with the health care of the animal.

Woodworth said she arrived at the aninmal hospital around 7:30 and found a dog that was severally malnourished.

"He was emaciated and mentally he was dull and disoriented," Woodworth said. "I don't know how much of that was starvation or, the officers told me that his owner said he had gotten into potentially toxic substances, cigarette butts and incense oil or something along those lines, and that was why he was in shape in that he was in and had lost all that weight in just a couple of days. I don't know if he had gotten into some toxic substances, but he was definitely mentally not normal. He was just very depressed."

The dog had an intestinal infection, pressure-point sores and was blind.

Animal Control Officer James Sheflin began his investigation into the case the morning after the dog was brought to State Street. He took pictures and examined the dog and consulted with the District Attorney's Office on possible appropriate charges against Kelso (she was charged with torturing or injuring an animal, failure to provide sustenance, and owning/harboring an unlicensed dog).

"Honestly, he's the worst shape I've ever seen," Sheflin said. "The sores were over all his entire body. His feet were swollen two or three times what they should have been. His nails were overgrown. He literally didn't have enough strength to stand up. All he could do was lay down."

State Street staff monitored the dog's progress, unsure during those first 12 hours or so if the dog was going to make it.

But after 12 hours, the dog showed enough progress to warrant continued treatment.

Soon, he gained enough strength to stand up and he showed an interest again in eating.

The dog was brought in on a Tuesday and by Saturday it was in good enough health to be transferred to a foster family through Volunteers for Animals.

It's impossible to tell for sure, Woodsworth said, whether the dog ate anything toxic.

"Toxins are typically very short-lived," Woodsworth said. "They do their damage and then there is no sign of them in any blood test. They are gone. There was nothing in the blood work that was tagged as a sign of a toxin."

There's no indication the dog was brought to a vet for treatment prior to Camp and Givens picking them up, Woodworth said.

"He was overloaded with intestinal worms," Woodworth said. "There were pressure sores on all contact points, particularly his elbows and hind legs from being recumbent for so long. He hadn't eaten in weeks and was weak. That kind of emaciation doesn't just happen overnight.

"As far as I know," Woodworth added, "the owner never sought out veterinary help. What the dog needed was better nutritional care and parasite control and better health maintenance."

Woodworth isn't sure why the dog is blind or if the blindness will last. It's a problem in the dog's brain, not with the dog's eyes, she said.

That could be caused by a toxin, she said.

His mental state, depression, could also be the result of a "toxic insult," Woodworth said.

If the dog did ingest something toxic, veterinary treatment sooner would have been advised, she said.

"In fairness to her, the problems that I saw in the dog were primarily starvation and being recumbent too long," Woodworth said. "I didn't find any injuries inflicted by being kicked or being abused violently in that manner."

Woodworth is hopeful about the dog's improving health even if the prognosis isn't yet settled. The dog is in a good place now and that can only help him recover.

"It's too early to say if he will recover his sight," Woodworth said. "He retained his blindness after getting back on his feet, but he's acting normal otherwise. It was a joyful thing for us to see him on his feet and be interested in food by the next morning. He became rather attached to one of our technicians and began begging her for treats. He really showed some dramatic improvement in a short amount of time."

The Batavian tried to contact Nina Kelso through Facebook earlier today so she could tell her side of the story and have not received a response.

UPDATE: Nina Kelso contacted me about an hour after this story was published and said she prefers not to comment while her legal case is pending.

PHOTO: Batavia PD.

Friday, February 7, 2014 at 11:20 am

Cat found on Thruway missing its owner

post by Howard Owens in animals, pembroke, pets, thruway

Is this your cat? Lori Vosburgh is trying to help find the feline's rightful owner. Here's what she says about it:

Jacob Bukowski was driving on the Thruway Jan. 31st, when he saw this cat laying down in the median between the Pembroke and Depew exits on the Thruway, right before the South Newstead RD overpass and 4 miles east of the Clarence Travel Plaza (Tim Horton's service area).

She was thin, cold, hungry and the hair around her neck was matted. He took her home and then to the vet the next morning. She is a young female, not micro-chipped, declawed and spayed. Instead of leaving the hair matted they shaved a little of it off. She was clearly an indoor cat and very friendly. She smelled like a farm and for obvious reasons was very dirty.

We think she may have been outside for at least a month, as another woman tried to rescue her the first of January but was unable to due to safety concerns with traffic. She reported it with the police but they must not have been able to rescue her.

She's a beautiful sweet cat and I'd like nothing more than to find her owners, or someone that would be willing to take her in. It's amazing that she made it through the bitter temperatures and snowy conditions!

If it's your cat or you can help find the owner, call Brittany  at (585) 297-0297.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 10:42 pm

Tara is missing in the Byron-Bergen area

post by Howard Owens in animals, bergen, byron, pets

Kelly Crocker's dog Tara is missing. Tara was last seen about 4:30 p.m.  Kelly and Tara live on Batavia Byron Road.

Tara may have ran across the Thruway and was heading east.

Tara did not have her collar on when she went missing.

"We tried getting her to come with us but she wouldn't stop running, and it's very very cold out," Kelly said.

Kelly can be reached at (585) 300-8801.

UPDATE Thursday 6:44 p.m.: The dog was found and is safe and warm at home.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 10:02 am

Anti-Rabies Immunization Clinic at the SALVATION ARMY Gym – January 23, 2014 4-7pm

post by David Whitcroft in free, Genesee County Health Department, pets, rabies

Genesee County Health Department is offering an anti-rabies immunization clinic on Thursday January 23, 2014 from 4 pm until 7pm at the Salvation Army Gym located in the City of Batavia; at 529 East Main Street, Batavia, NY. Vaccination will be offered to dogs, cats and ferrets. There is no charge for the residents of Genesee County, out of county pet owners will be asked for a $5.00 donation. Please bring your pets with the proper restraints; on leashes, in cages etc. Be prepared to supply pet owner information; name, address, telephone contact info, etc. There is no need to display any licensing information! Pets must be at least 3 months old to be effectively immunized. This is a free service offered by the Genesee County Health Department 344-2580.

Now available, save time by filling out your registration form before the clinic at:

http://www.co.genesee.ny.us/departments/health/index.html

 

Event Date and Time

January 23, 2014 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Monday, October 14, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Help sought finding dog missing from Jackson Street residence

post by Howard Owens in animals, batavia, pets

Rickelle Chugg is looking for help locating "Romeo."

The missing dog was last seen Saturday night leashed up outside his family's home on Jackson Street.

"Romeo" has escaped before, but always came back home. Not this time. He hasn't been taken to the shelter, Chugg said.

Anybody with information can call Batavia PD at (585) 345-6352.

Friday, October 11, 2013 at 6:43 pm

Caller says dog on Bacon Street in Le Roy trying to jump from house window

post by Billie Owens in Le Roy, pets

Sometimes the best laid plans go awry. A canine who lives at 24 Bacon St. in Le Roy thought the time was ripe to make his great escape only moments ago. Everything seemed to be lining up in his or her favor. And so the dog tried to jump from a second-story window onto the porch below, then ostensibly freedom beyond. But an astute neighbor may have foiled the plan by calling dispatch and alerting law enforcement. A police officer is responding.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 12:51 pm

Anti-Rabies Immunization Clinic at the Pembroke Highway Department – September 19, 4-7pm

post by David Whitcroft in free, pets, rabies

Genesee County Health Department is offering an anti-rabies immunization clinic on Thursday September 19, 2013 from 4 pm until 7pm at the Pembroke Highway Department located in the Town of Pembroke; at 1145 Main Road (Route 5), Pembroke, NY. Vaccination will be offered to dogs, cats and ferrets. There is no charge for the residents of Genesee County, out of county pet owners will be asked for a $5.00 donation. Please bring your pets with the proper restraints; on leashes, in cages etc. Be prepared to supply pet owner information; name, address, telephone contact info, etc. There is no need to display any licensing information! Pets must be at least 3 months old to be effectively immunized. This is a free service offered by the Genesee County Health Department 344-2580.

Event Date and Time

September 19, 2013 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 1:46 pm

Anti-Rabies Immunization Clinic at the Genesee County Fairgrounds - Thursday Afternoon

Genesee County Health Department is offering an anti-rabies immunization clinic on Thursday August 15, 2013 from 4 pm until 7pm at the Genesee County Fairgrounds located in the Town of Batavia; at 5031 East Main Street, Batavia, NY. Vaccination will be offered to dogs, cats and ferrets. There is no charge for the residents of Genesee County, out of county pet owners will be asked for a $5.00 donation. Please bring your pets with the proper restraints; on leashes, in cages etc. Be prepared to supply pet owner information; name, address, telephone contact info, etc. There is no need to display any licensing information! Pets must be at least 3 months old to be effectively immunized. This is a free service offered by the Genesee County Health Department 344-2580.

Event Date and Time

August 15, 2013 - 4:00pm - 7:00pm
Monday, June 10, 2013 at 9:46 am

Aggressive dogs have reportedly killed chickens, refusing to leave property

post by Howard Owens in animals, pets

A pair of aggressive dogs have reportedly killed chickens at a property in the area (we didn't catch the location) and are being aggressive toward the property owner and refusing to leave the property.

The owner reportedly mentioned having a gun and wanted to shoot the dogs, but was advised by a dispatcher not to shoot the dogs.

A deputy responded and now has the dogs in his vehicle. Animal control is also responding.

UPDATE 9:48 a.m.: It's a trooper on scene. A deputy at the animal shelter asks if he needs to bring a snare. The trooper responds, "two Labradors, they just hopped in my truck, wanted to go for a ride, I don't think you'll need a snare, but bring it just in case."

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