A Broken Leg that Broke Our Hearts...
Last week, acting on a tip phoned into our Confidential Animal Cruelty Hotline, the SPCA's Humane Law Enforcement Unit (HLE) responded to a home in Buchanan, NY where seven 5 month-old puppies were found living crammed together inside a small crate in a garage. We immediately freed them and rushed them back to the SPCA's Simpson Clinic for medical attention. All of the puppies had noticeable hair loss that our veterinarian later determined was caused by demodectic mange which is often brought on by stress.
One puppy in particular stole our hearts as he walked with a pronounced limp. We named him "Red" for his beautiful russet coloring. Although he appeared to be in pain, Red never stopped wagging his tail and giving us kisses. An X-ray confirmed that Red's leg had once been broken but his owner never took him to a veterinarian for treatment. It broke our hearts to think that this little one was suffering and had received no relief.
The SPCA called in an orthopedic specialist to see if there was anything we could do to help the pup. Unfortunately the bones in his leg had fused together as they were healing and the surgeon reported that the only option at this point was amputation. Not long after the surgery, Red returned to his tail-wagging self - pure love on three legs. But he has a long recovery ahead of him. An investigation by our HLE Unit into the situation is ongoing.
If you come to see Red at our shelter or any of his adorable tribe who we've affectionately named the "Super Seven" -they are all up for adoption. You wouldn't know that they've had it rough. They are your typical playful, jumping, running, wrestling furry puppies. And that's why we are here. To see that stories like this one have happy endings. But, it takes time and talent and funds. We ask for your help to offset the expenses for Red's surgery and recovery as well as the Super Seven's ongoing medical treatment for mange. Please consider making a contribution to our Mend A Friend Fund so we may continue to be there when an animal needs us - no matter what we have to do, no matter the cost.
Thank you for your ongoing generosity. The Super Seven siblings offer high-velocity, grateful wagging tails for your kindness, too.
A HUGE thanks to everyone who supported our 2015 Dog Walk and Pet Fair-it was a great success! We are so grateful to our Sponsors, Walkers, Vendors, those who sponsored a Walker and of course, our Volunteers!
Mend a Friend-Help our "skinny" Marie...
With the new year comes new challenges and more animals who desperately need our help. It didn't take very long for our first case of severe neglect to appear when a beautiful, but extremely mistreated and emaciated dog was brought to us by animal control. She could barely walk she was so dehydrated, malnourished and in need of immediate medical attention. We named her "skinny" Marie.
Our "skinny" Marie is about 2 years-old and is a mixed pitbull breed who should weigh about 50-60 lbs.. However, this poor girl weighed in at a measly 27 lbs., which broke our hearts.
We started feeding her small meals every few hours. As she started to gain her strength back it was clear that she knew she was safe. Her tail began wagging and she gave everyone big sloppy kisses! Check out our video above of this happy girl. With medical treatment and TLC, she is on her way to becoming simply, Marie. Please consider making a Donation here to our Mend a Friend Fund and help her on her road to recovery and all the dogs and cats just like her that need extra care.
Charity Bracelets to Benefit the SPCA
We are so grateful to Desires by Mikolay, who is selling this beautiful stretch beaded bracelet set online and in their store, with a generous percentage being donated back to the SPCA! It's a gift that will delight whoever you give it to… or you may choose to keep it all to yourself! To learn more or to purchase the bracelet set please visit Desires by Mikolay, located at 55 King Street in Chappaqua
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SPCA Arrests Yonkers Man in Connection with 25 Dead Cats Found Hanging from Tree
Rene Carcamo is charged with Animal Cruelty and Violation of Environmental Conservation Law
Shannon Laukhuf, Executive Director of the SPCA of Westchester, announced today that the SPCA of Westchester's Humane Law Enforcement (HLE) Unit and the Yonkers Police Department arrested Rene Carcamo age 60 of 25 Overlook Terrace, Yonkers for illegally disposing of dead cats by placing them in plastic bags and hanging them from a tree on Overlook Terrace in Yonkers, a violation of environmental conservation law. He is also charged with two counts of animal cruelty for failure to provide medical attention for two kittens, discovered in his possession by the HLE Unit during its investigation in July.
Ernest Lungaro, Director of the SPCA's HLE Unit and members of the Yonkers Police Department arrested Carcamo following an exhaustive investigation conducted by the HLE Unit, the Yonkers Police Department and the Westchester County District Attorney's Office.
Numerous cats are being rescued from Carcamo's apartment. Click Below to Donate towards their much needed medical care.
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