Dog found abandoned, neglected in Greene County

January 15, 2018 06:31 PM

HUDSON -- Penny is about two or three years old and she just wants to be friends.

"It's just a heinous act to drop an animal anytime, but especially in the middle of winter," said Ron Perez, President of the Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA.  

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Penny is in good spirits even though she's in terrible suffering with a severe case of mange.

"It's called Demodex mange," said Perez.  "If it goes untreated, it can be fatal.  With Penny, she had this mange progress through her system."

Perez said Penny had probably been afflicted with mange for at least a year.

She showed up at someone's door on Friday.  Residents called animal control and she was brought to the Columbia-Greene Humane Society for treatment.  It might have been the luckiest day of her young life.

Officials believe she was left on the side of the road near Schoharie Turnpike in Earlton, town of Coxsackie.

"The dog was dumped in the middle of winter.  It's brutal out there.  She certainly could have succumbed to the elements.  She has no hair, so she has no way to keep herself warm.  Not to mention that we have a low-cost vet clinic here so if somebody needed treatment, they could have contacted us," said Perez.  

Investigators say they are looking for her owner, who could face animal cruelty charges.

Staff at the Humane Society says she's a gentle, sweet dog that deserves a much better life than the one she's had.

There is now a $500 reward in this case.

Anyone who knows who owns her is asked to call the Greene County Sheriff's Office at (518) 943-3300.

Anyone interested in adopting Penny can fill out an application, but should know that it's going to be a while until she's better.

Anyone wanting to help with Penny's care can donate through the shelter's website click here or mail to Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA, 111 Humane Society Road, Hudson, NY 12534 Attn: PENNY



Kumi Tucker

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