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The Finger Lakes SPCA is our region's source for companion-animal supportive care services and humane education. Check out the animals in our care that make great family companions.
Release Date: March 4th, 2017
1/31/17 UPDATE ON ACCIDENT INVOLVING PUPPIES
Well, Gretel, Charlie, Hansel and Blue are all making great progress and all have homes awaiting them once they are medically cleared.
UPDATE ON ACCIDENT INVOLVING PUPPIES
On 1/24/17, Finger Lakes SPCA (FLSPCA) was contacted by the New York State Police for assistance with a vehicle accident on I-86 in Avoca involving a transport vehicle carrying multiple puppies. At the direction of law enforcement, FLSPCA animal rescue staff and volunteers (including an L.V.T. from the Bath Veterinary Hospital) quickly responded to a safe location for triage at T & R Towing in Bath.
We would like to express our extreme appreciation to the New York State Troopers, T & R Towing, Bath Veterinary Hospital, FLSPCA staff and volunteers for all of their efforts to mobilize and quickly assist these animals. We would also like to thank our community for their concern for these puppies.
Young puppies of varying breed types (including many toy and smaller breeds) were removed from a transport van one at a time by law enforcement. They were then handed to the on-site L.V.T. , Andrea Williams, for triage. There were no fatalities, but two puppies had serious injuries (one had a fractured jaw and one had a fractured leg). They were quickly transported by FLSPCA personnel to the Bath Veterinary Hospital for medical care where they were stabilized. There were 104 puppies removed in total.
Eighty-six pups were sheltered in an isolation area at the Finger Lakes SPCA with the remainder being housed and cared for at the Bath Veterinary Hospital. The eighty-six pups housed at FLSPCA were further assessed medically on-site by our consulting veterinarian.
No health issues that would indicate an animal cruelty concern could be ascertained by veterinary medical professionals who examined the puppies. We are not aware of any other specific laws that would have allowed the transfer of ownership of these puppies to our agency nor were we directed by law enforcement to retain the animals.
While we too abhor puppy mills, we know of no means to legally confiscate animals only because there is a strong likelihood that a puppy came from one.
Our agency actively works to prevent animal cruelty through our humane programs, the care of animal cruelty victims and by supporting area law enforcement with their investigations as requested.
On 1/25/17, all but four puppies were released back to the transport company who paid related board and veterinary expenses for the dogs. The two puppies that were seriously injured (but in stable condition) have been released to the care of the Bath Veterinary Hospital. Additionally, two other pups stayed on-site at Finger Lakes SPCA for medical care. A formal release of ownership for these animals is being pursued. We will update you in the near future as to adoptability status for these pups.
For more information on puppy mills and how to stop them, we encourage visiting the following websites:
We still have a long ways to go before the new shelter is complete, but we are making amazing progress!!
News and Updates
New updated Equine adoption list
go to the equine page
2016 Project Catnip coming March through June
By appointment only. Get more details "Project Catnip"
2016 Training Classes start in the spring!
Go to our "Dog Training" page and check it out "Dog Training"
It is always the time to give! Please help us out with our "Wish List"
Any help with the items on this list would be greatly appreciated.
Why Should You Adopt From an Animal Shelter?
"Animal shelters are your best source when looking for a pet. Not only do they have a great selection of adult animals for adoption, but they also have kittens and puppies, even purebred animals. In fact, on average, purebreds account for about 25% to 30% of a shelter's dog population... [more]"
- The Humane Society of the United States