One of the 18 recovered puppies abandoned by Michael Staley and later turned in to the Eagle’s Nest Vetrinary Clinic in Plattsburgh. The German Shepherd mix was one of 24 dogs abandoned throughout Clinton County on Aug. 3 by Staley.
Photo by Shawn Ryan
“He looked at it like it was just killing us (caring for the puppies). It was killing us,” said Staley’s wife, Tammy. “He dropped them off, four or five here, six here, but they were all next to homes.”
His plan, Tammy said, was that people would find the puppies and either take them in, or take them to a vet.
“He feels awful. He did dump them...purposely near homes so they would be found.”
Tammy Staley, the licensed owner of Northern Puppies pet store, was arrested on July 10 and charged with 20 counts of animal cruelty for not providing proper medical care to sick kittens and not providing adequate living space for two chow dogs. All of the cats and the two chow dogs were taken into police custody. At the time of her arrest, she was in possession of 30 different puppies. During the duration of the investigation, Chief Desmond Racicot of the Plattsburgh City Police said Tammy Staley was not allowed to sell the companion animals at her store but was required to maintain care of the dogs at the store.
Racicot said as of Monday night he was not sure what happened to the remaining six puppies.
City police continued searching Sunday evening and found six more puppies in the area of Macomb State Park in Peru. Police also learned another puppy had been found in Dannemora.
As of Aug. 5, 17 of the 24 puppies had been recovered.
Racicot said the police are asking for people to help find the puppies.
“Any dog found can only help the investigation, it is illegal to abandon a companion animal like a dog or cat,” Racicot said. “These animals are so small and can’t provide for themselves, we’re hoping the public can help.”
According to City Police the puppies had been exposed to a number of diseases like Coccidia, Ring Worm and Parvo. These are contagious illnesses to other animals. Dogs can also pass the fungal ring worm infection to people.