(US NY) Illegal animal drop-offs August 03, 2005 6:21 AM
By: Sarah Buynovsky, News 10 Now Web Staff
At the Cortland County SPCA, dropping off animals is becoming a growing problem. Some animals were even dumped off there last night.
"We've had quite a few actually, more than I'd like to see actually dropped off. We've had a couple poodles, which I'd really like to find out where they came from, they weren't in the greatest of shape, and some cats and other dogs, and people just in general think they can come here and drop they off because we're the SPCA and that's just not the case,” says Missy Lang, Cortland SPCA Shelter manager.
Lang also said that at least six animals have been abandoned over the last six months.
Bill Carr, a Cortland County SPCA Investigator says, they're placing an additional burden on the SPCA by just dumping an animal and it's just irresponsible.
"Dumping an animal off could cost you a hefty fine. Or it could land you in jail. It is illegal for them to do this and I would really like them to call us instead of just dropping them off," he said.
SPCA workers say if they catch you abandoning an animal they will have you arrested.
There's been talk about putting a surveillance system outside the shelter, but it's not in the budget. For now, the SPCA staff will continue to be vigilant, looking out for abandoned animals and warning people to think twice before ditching your pet.
SPCA workers say they're not sure why more and more people are dumping off animals.
If you have any information about abandoned animals, contact the SPCA at (607) 753-9386.
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