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Press release from Wyoming County's Animal Control Unit:

Wyoming County’s Animal Control Unit is seeking immediate assistance for the care of 44 small-breed dogs that were abandoned over the weekend in the Town of Middlebury. All of the abandoned animals were found shoved into three separate crates, they are in poor health, have been abused and neglected, and are in immediate need of medical attention. The Wyoming County Animal Control Unit and Sheriff’s Department were responsible for the rescue of the animals early this [Monday] morning. The Animal Control staff and volunteers have been caring for the animals since the rescue.

The animals have varying degrees of health issues, but many have urine scalding, heart murmurs, feces matted into their fur, bad teeth, and mammary tumors. Dr. Ashley Vranich from the Perry Veterinary Clinic in Perry, New York, has been on site to assess each of the abandoned animals. The breeds of animals appear to be pure and mixed breeds of Jack Russell Terriers and Chihuahuas.

Justa Goodell, Wyoming County’s Animal Control Officer, says there is an immediate need for donations and volunteers to assist with this rescue effort. Items that are needed include:

-Rubber gloves




-Small-breed dog food

-Wet dog food

-Volunteers for cleaning the animals

-Available persons or families to adopt the animals once they are healthy and receive a clean bill of health.

The Wyoming County Sheriff’s Department assisted the Animal Control Unit with the rescue and have an ongoing investigation into the case.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Wyoming County Animal Control Unit at (585) 786-8938 or the Sheriff’s Office at (585) 786-8989.


The Wyoming County Sheriff's Office says it is investigating and an arrest is pending. The dogs are being cared for at the county animal shelter.

Donations can be made to: Wyoming County Animal Shelter 4380 Route 19 Silver Springs, NY 14550



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# Kathy
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 8:00 AM
Where are you located so that we may assist?
# Jamee Thornton
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 10:12 AM
Justa, I plan to purchase items needed for the rescued dogs. I also am willing to help with the washing and cleaning of the dogs. I completed my volunteer paperwork, just never watched the video. I can help nights, weekends, or I can take time off of work right away to help. I did try calling the shelter but I didn't get an answer. I know right now you are overwhelmed and I would like to help any way possible. Please, send me an email or my phone number should be on file. If not, I will try again to contact you.
# Sloane Martin
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 10:46 AM
We'd definitely suggest calling the number listed (585-786-8938) to see how you can help.

The address for the county's animal control unit is:
4380 Rte A
Silver Springs, NY 14550

# Sarah Della Penna
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 11:25 AM
The number is busy and hard to get thru as I imagine you have tons of calls. Can we just show up to help? If so where and when? I want to help!
# Sloane Martin
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 11:31 AM
This is the address, again, via Google. I'm sure they would welcome volunteers showing up to provide assistance.

The comment box won't let me hyperlink it, so copy and paste the address into the search bar if it doesn't do it automatically.
# Sloane Martin
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 1:27 PM
Here's official word from the Sheriff's Office: Donations can be made to..
Wyoming County Animal Shelter
4380 Route 19 Silver Springs, NY 14550
# Maureen
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 2:41 PM
What are your hours to help and will you need offsite foster care? I'd be willing to take chihuahua because I own a couple
# scott williams
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 3:12 PM
Please call me I left my number with sheriffs office. Your phone does not work there is no way to get through to help please get a good number people can call have another agency help out.
# leannwalters
Tuesday, April 30, 2013 9:08 PM this is the paypal account for donations
# Linda
Saturday, May 04, 2013 10:26 AM
I would be interested in adopting one of these poor creatures. Our rat terrier is in need of a sibling. We've been looking at adoptable/rescue dogs online. We get many opportunities from out of state but I declined, knowing there were many dogs in our local area (Liv. county) that are or will be in need of a loving forever home.
# Luann Jerrett-Hofmann
Monday, May 06, 2013 12:21 PM
I have read the article regarding the rescued dogs. Will you be posting pictures of these dogs when they are available for adoption? Do you need foster care for any of these dogs? I have been searching for a female chihuahua or chi/mix puppy to friend my 2 month old female pug/mix. I would be interested to see if there are any rescued puppies available. I am disgusted that there are people who would mistreat animals like this, yet it seems to be more and more common. I work for Probation and see this too often. Thank you for your time.

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