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Police investigate abandoned, wounded dog
Williamson, N.Y. --- Around 8:30 p.m. on Tuesday a New York State Trooper managed to corral a dog that was darting in and out of traffic on Route 104 in Williamson near the Spencer Speedway. When severe injuries were discovered around the dogs neck a criminal investigation targeting the dogs owner began.
But identifying who the owner was is something police need help with.
Our news partners at The Times of Wayne County first notified 13WHAM News about this story. Officials with the Humane Society of Wayne County said injuries to the dogs neck, and sores under its legs, are the result of a collar and harness that were affixed too tight for perhaps a very, very long time.
My assumption is that that harness had to be cut off from her it didn't just come off because it had grown into her neck so far, said Mark Plyter of the Humane Society of Wayne County. "Probably some of the deepest wounds I've ever seen on a dog, it took months for this to happen and you had to have known, somebody had to know.
The dog is now in the care of a veterinarian in Wayne County and despite the injuries the prognosis is an optimistic one.
"She seems very sweet, she's feeling a lot better, she's got some medicine in her and her wounds are cleaned up and she has some food and water, said Plyter.
The graphic photos of her wounds make many, even professionals; think that her throat was actually cut with a knife.
"Pretty rotten, I thought someone maybe even slit the dog's neck before you told me what actually happened it's pretty cruel, said Chelsie Anjo of Wolcott. She hopes someone can help the investigation. "They need to come forward because it's not okay to treat animals like that regardless if you love a dog or you don't it's still not okay.
"It's horrible, it's horrifying that another human being can do that to an animal, added Heather Ferrante of Williamson. Please turn in the person who did it or where you last seen it so hopefully they can be prosecuted and taken care of.
"Just looking at those pictures it just breaks my heart I want to cry I really truly honestly do, said Debbie Kuhn of Williamson. "Oh my God call the State Troopers, the police, or Channel 13 call them and you know, catch thisthis, personI'll be nice.
The Humane Society of Wayne County is paying for the dogs medical care and also offering the public a $500 reward for anyone who can provide information that leads to an arrest and conviction. Upon hearing that, The Times of Wayne County offered an additional $500 reward for the same information.
New York State Police, Williamson Barracks, are leading this investigation and can be contacted at 315-589-8288.
Those with information can also call 911 or CrimeStoppers at 585-423-9300. A tip received through CrimeStoppers can remain anonymous and also qualifies that person for an additional cash reward if the information results in an arrest.