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Wanted: Dog's abuser $2,500 Reward
Wanted: Dog's abuser
Wednesday, October 18, 2006
By BRIAN SPADORA
PATERSON, NJ -- Someone poured a scalding liquid on a small, white dog
causing third-degree burns.
Turning that person in could be worth $2,500.
Paterson Animal Control was notified Sunday that a bichon frise mix with a
badly burned lower back was walking
around North Eighth Street and Temple Street, Chief Animal Control Officer
John DeCando said Tuesday.
The dog was brought to Blue Cross Dog & Cat, the city's veterinarian, where
Dr. Paul Sova Jr. determined that
someone had poured some kind of chemical on the animal several days earlier.
The male dog, who was dubbed Snowy by
staff members at Blue Cross, was given antibiotics and his wound was
cleaned. He will need extensive skin grafting
because so much time went by between when he was injured and when he was
Because the abuse was extreme, the Humane Society of the United States
agreed to DeCando's request to put up a
$2,500 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the
person or persons who hurt the dog.
The city is paying for the few hundred dollars in treatment that Snowy is
receiving at Blue Cross, DeCando said.
START 2 of Bergen County, an animal care group in Elmwood Park, will cover
the thousands of dollars worth of skin
grafting that Snowy will need over the next few months. There were no other
signs that the dog had been mistreated,
"He's probably been in a household somewhere. He's not a street dog," he
DeCando said Snowy was wearing a flea collar when he was found -- another
indication that he was a house pet.
That the dog probably has an owner led DeCando to two possible conclusions,
neither of them pleasant. The first was
that the dog's owner was responsible for the raw, red burn that covers his
back above his tail. The other
possibility was that Snowy was burned while he was missing, but that the
owner never bothered to call animal control
to find him. "If you're missing a child, you call the cops and make a
report," DeCando said. "The right thing to do (in this
case) is call animal control." As DeCando spoke, Snowy leaned on his lap
and licked the officer's face.
The person who burned the dog could face two animal cruelty charges, one for
inflicting unnecessary pain and one for
torture, DeCando said. Each count could carry a six-month jail sentence
and/or a $1,000 fine, he said.
START 2 of Bergen County will cover the thousands of dollars worth of skin
grafting needed by Snowy. The group is
holding a Tricky Tray fundraiser Nov. 2 at the Cotillion in Garfield. For
more information or to make a donation,
call 201-843-8968. To make a donation via PayPal log onto:
Anyone with information about the incident may call the Paterson Animal
Shelter at 973-881-3640.
Reach Brian Spadora at 973-569-7132 or .
Original story: http://tinyurl.com/yj94r4
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