This week the story broke about two dogs that had been found in the garbage in the city of Rochester. The dogs, a 6-month-old pit bull terrier and a 1-year-old pit bull terrier, were thrown away like garbage.
They were emaciated and in serious distress, and fortunately some neighbors heard the dogs barking inside the cans and called police. Normally, I’d include a photo of the dogs, but the ones of the dogs in the dumpster are so disturbing I just can’t do it. Any local news site has them.
The woman suspected of owning the dogs, Yvette Solomon, turned herself in yesterday and has been charged with animal cruelty; she pled not guilty. From what I gather from news reports, a family member was shot or stabbed at her residence a month or so ago, and she fled to safety. She didn’t return but thought someone else was taking care of the dogs.
The dogs were found in two garbage cans along with utility bills in her name, which is how police found her.
The dogs are at Lollypop Farm. According to the Democrat and Chronicle, the female puppy has gained four pounds since Sunday and is being socialized. The male puppy is having trouble walking because of lost muscle mass due to malnutrition but is making progress. Both are expected to make full recoveries.
I can understand a family fearing for their lives due to violence and fleeing; but this is a lesson for dog owners that when you take on the responsibility for pets you MUST include for their well-being in any emergency plan. If there was a flood or fire or family emergency that required you leave your home for an extended period of time, you need to make sure you include the pets in your escape plans and have back up care available.
The fact that Solomon had to flee isn’t an excuse for leaving the dogs uncared for. Ultimately, she’ll be held reponsible or she’ll hopefully tell police who was supposed to be caring for the dogs and failed in their task so they can be charged.
In the meantime, the dogs are being cared for and Lollypop Farm is taking adoption applications.
So let me ask: do you have a back up plan for your pets if you were suddenly sick or if there was an emergency?