EXETER – Five of 12 trucks inspected during a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement safety check inspection were deemed unfit for the road and taken out of service, the Otsego County Sheriff’s Department reported on their Facebook page.
On Thursday, Dec. 5, Deputy Sheriff Grimes along with Deputy Sheriff Thornhill partnered with the NYS Department of Transportation in the Town of Exeter to conduct a Commercial Vehicle Enforcement safety check inspection.
The horrific case of Zoe, an emaciated German shepherd who chewed off her front leg after being confined to a flimsy plastic carrier outdoors without any food or drinkable water, is a wake-up call to citizens to keep an eye out for “backyard dogs.”
Unfortunately, cases of extreme neglect like Zoe’s aren’t unusual. Dogs relegated to the backyard 24 hours a day are commonly deprived of even the most basic care. Growing puppies are often found with too-small collars imbedded in their necks because their owners never bothered to change them. Some dogs subsist – barely – on scraps and garbage. Many never see a vet, and suffer and die from injuries, parasites and diseases that could easily be prevented and treated.
Dogs are social animals who are happiest and safest living indoors, but with winter weather upon us, it is absolutely vital that at the very least, they be provided with proper shelter – dogs left outside may suffer frostbite and exposure or even die without it.
Most cities and counties require that animals be provided with adequate food, water, and shelter. If you see a dog going without these basic necessities, please report it to authorities, like the UPS driver who spotted Zoe. Her alleged abuser is being held accountable thanks to his intervention.
Animal Care & Control Issues Manager
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
“She keeps shocking everyone with how strong she can be,” said Stacie Haynes, executive director, Susquehanna SPCA. “We cannot thank you all enough for the love and support you have shown this truly incredible dog.”
Surgeons at Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine Animal Hospital were able to fully remove the non-cancerous mass and successful amputate her leg. Zoe is still under sedation, and Haynes cautioned that the next 24 hours were critical, and vets would be watching her for a risk of bleeding.
“If we can get through the next 24 hours, things are looking good,” she said.