The New York State Humane Association, headquartered in Kingston, is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons responsible for discarding an 8-week-old battered puppy with a broken jaw near a garbage pick-up site in the 600 block of 30th Street in Niagara Falls.
Niagara County SPCA officials describe the puppy as a female pit bull with a white face and tan ears and similar coloring on her body. The shelter has named her Gladys.
The SPCA interviewed Sherry Sanney of 35th Street, who admitted to recently owning the puppy, stating that Gladys, whose original name was Brianna, was sold to someone on April 22 by Sanney's boyfriend Lee Jones, also of Niagara Falls. Anyone with information on this crime is urged to contact Amy Lewis of the Niagara County SPCA at 716-731-4368. The perpetrator of this crime must be brought to justice, she said.
The New York State Humane Association has conducted animal cruelty investigation workshops for police and humane investigators across the state for the past 14 years, and previously has offered rewards to bring forth information from the public to assist police investigations. In addition, the organization actively lobbies to improve the animal protection laws of New York state. For further information, visit www.nyshumane.org and its Facebook page.