DeRuyter woman’s rough day puts her in the right place to save abandoned dog

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Spilling your coffee on the way to work can put a real damper on your day. For one woman from Deruyter, spilling coffee in her car is what put her in the right place at the right time to save a life.

Chelsey Mahany admits she was upset. Two weeks ago, a client for work had just rescheduled on her, then she spilled coffee all over herself.

“I pulled over to dump the rest of the coffee out because I was done with it and I heard a dog barking,” said Mahany. “And me being me was like ‘oh my God there is a dog out here in the middle of nowhere.”

Chelsea was on Hoxie Gorge Freetown road just east of I-81. She followed the sound of the bark until she found a dog. It was left alone with no food in the cold, tied to a tree.

“He had just broken away from the tree and he was quite standoffish so I went back to my vehicle and got some treats cause I feed all the farm dogs, and started feeding him,” Mahany said.

Cortland County SPCA Investigators showed up shortly after. They say if she hadn’t found the dog, it likely would have died from being outside and not having food. It is now recovering at the Cortland County SPCA.

Being a dog owner herself, Mahany is thankful she was able to save the dog and has been able to put into perspective all the things that put her at that place at that time.

“If I hadn’t been clumsy, I would not have been able to roll my window down to take care of anything and I wouldn’t have ever heard the dog bark,” she said. “It was all purely circumstance and chance that I was in that area at that time.”

How the dog got there and who left it is still under investigation. Anyone with information on the dog is urged to call the Cortland County SPCA Law Enforcement Department at 607-753-9386.

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