Neglected Dog Left To Die

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Animal Control officer Susan Siedlecki says it's one of the the worst cases of animal neglect she has ever seen.

A year old female Terrier mix was discovered by a passerby driving along County Route 19 in the town of Hermon.

The dog was found was inside a tied garbage bag on a snowbank along the highway.

The animal was still alive.

"It was just in horrible, horrible shape. I put a sweater on it, put it in one of my cages to keep it warm and the next day I took it to the vet hoping I could save it," said Siedlecki.
 
When the dog was found Tuesday afternoon near the Trout Lake Marina, it was suffering from a severe skin allergy and had lost most of its hair.

It also had a small tumor on its stomach.

Its nails had curled up into the dog's pads.
 
Siedlecki brought the dog to the veterinarian J.C. Palermo's Potsdam Animal Hospital, but it was suffering so much it had to be euthanized.
 
St. Lawrence County Sheriff's deputies have now launched an investigation in an attempt to find the person responsible for neglecting and dropping off the dog on the roadside to die.

If the person is caught, he or she could face criminal animal cruelty charges.
 
"It's a serious matter and it's a matter that needs to be brought to law enforcement attention. There are matters that law enforcement in this county for sure take seriously," said Sheriff Kevin Wells.                               
 
Anyone with information or who may have noticed any suspicious activity along County Route 19 in the Trout Lake area is asked to contact the sheriff's department at (315) 379-2222.  

Sunday, October 26, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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