Dog found with embedded leash in neck, LaFayette woman facing animal cruelty charges


A dog found suffering from a partially embedded leash in its neck is now in the care of the CNY SPCA. 

Animal cruelty investigators tell NewsChannel 9 that the dog was rescued Thursday, Sept. 29, after it ran in front of a Department of Environmental Conservation vehicle that was driving along Route 11 in the town of LaFayette.

The DEC unit then called the CNY SPCA to help find its owner.

Animal Cruelty Investigator Chris LaMontagne says the dog, a one-year-old male pit bull, was suffering from an infected wound on the front of its neck. 

LaMontagne says a nylon leash was wrapped around the dog's neck as a "makeshift collar," and was partially embedded in the dog's neck. He says it appeared to have been like that for sometime as the wound was infected.

Investigators have charged Maria DePalma, of LaFayette, with animal cruelty charges-- including failure to provide vet care.

LaMontagne says DePalma has surrendered the dog to the CNY SPCA. 

"He's healing well," said LaMontagne about the rescued dog. "He is a very friendly dog."

The dog will be available for adoption through the CNY SPCA.


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