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Abandoned puppies happy in their new homes

Gizmo, one of the 19 puppies recovered after being dumped in the woods by Michael Staley, relaxes in her new home.

Gizmo, one of the 19 puppies recovered after being dumped in the woods by Michael Staley, relaxes in her new home.

— After a few days, a report of the abandoned puppies appeared, and city police asked all people who found puppies to turn them in to the city police. The family called shortly after, and they were instructed to bring the puppy to Eagle’s Nest Veterinary Hospital in Plattsburgh to be checked out.

At first, the family didn’t think the puppies were from Northern Puppies. But once they found out, they were shocked.

“It’s terrible to believe that someone could do that to a dog,” Paul said.

“We felt bad for her being put into the middle of the woods,” Short said. “He (Staley) seems to be very uneducated, irresponsible and a bad person.

“How could someone drop off puppies out in the wilderness like that?”

The puppies stayed at Eagle’s Nest for two weeks, and the family wasn’t able to visit Gizmo. Paul constantly called the City Police Department and the investigator to find out the status of the puppy. After all of the puppies were cleared to be released, the family was contacted, and they officially adopted Gizmo.

Being eight to nine months old now, Short says Gizmo is just as rambunctious as she was when she first joined the family. Today, Gizmo has play dates with her brother, Ranger. When she visits Short’s mother, she enjoys playing tug-o-war with her two dogs, along with her hair. Gizmo continues to love her family, and they love her.

“She’s really good with the kids, and she’s like a third kid,” Paul said. “She’s a lover…my best friend, pretty much.

“You couldn’t ask for a better dog.”

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