Updated 10/11/2012 09:40 PM
CNY SPCA receives more animal cruelty calls
The Central New York SPCA is looking for your help with some abuse cases. The calls of cruelty are on the rise. And while some arrests have been made, owners in other case remain at large. Our Iris St. Meran has more about the animals and how you can help.
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SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- The calls of animal cruelty are ringing louder and louder at the Central New York SPCA.
CNY SPCA Executive Director Paul Morgan said, "It's been constant. We get calls here, an average day for us here is probably close to 15, on the low end, to 45 calls per day."
On some occasions, it's been close to 60. Some of them are educational in nature, but most are not.
"It's unfortunate. I just think it's a constant problem,” Morgan said. “Will it ever end? Who knows?"
Last week, he received a call about a Shar Pei mix dog in poor condition that had an eye infection, among other issues. That dog was seized from its Seeley Avenue home and owner Leroy Hackett is facing cruelty charges.
The SPCA has a kitten with upper respiratory problems, broken ribs and trauma to its jaw. His owner, Brian Richardson, is also facing charges.
Tuesday, a dog was found abandoned in St. Mary's Cemetery and was matted.
Morgan said, "It's pretty difficult for the animal in the condition that it is in right now to even move. So to have it running loose in the neighborhood, I find it very hard to believe. My opinion, the animal was dumped in the cemetery."
The staff is looking into its current medical condition and wants information about the owners. There's no explanation as to why there are more and more cases, but Morgan says comes down to poor judgment and in some cases, finances.
"Can you afford to have one? It's not just feeding the animal, its medical care and so forth," said Morgan.
The SPCA is full with 178 cats, 78 dogs, among other animals. But they'll take in more if needed to avoid situations of abuse like these.
If you do have the means to adopt an animal, the SPCA welcomes that. But there are other ways to help the organization, including monetary donations as well food, old blankets and towels.
If you have any information on this or other animal cruelty cases, you can call the Cruelty Investigations number at (315) 454-3469.