Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Animal cruelty investigators say they want to talk to a Rochester woman regarding two emaciated dogs found in the trash.
On Sunday, investigators responded to a 911 call regarding a dog found in a dumpster at 314 Bay Street.
The dogs were taken to Lollypop Farm for emergency treatment. They are in critical but stable condition.
Investigators say Yvette Solomon is believed to be the owner of both dogs. They say her whereabouts are unknown. Investigators say she faces potential aggravated animal cruelty and abandonment charges.
Update July 1, 2010 2:32pm - The following article is from WHEC:
Two emaciated dogs found in the trash -- owner led away in handcuffs
Thirty-one-year-old Yvette Solomon turned herself into Rochester Police Wednesday night. The Rochester woman was wanted for questioning after two emaciated pit bull terriers were found in the garbage by her home.
Today, Solomon told investigators she is the owner of the two dogs but did not put them in the garbage. Solomon also said she was too stressed to care for the dogs and she apparently made no provisions for anyone else to care for the animals.
News 10NBC was there to get exclusive video of her being handcuffed at Lollypop Farm and taken down to the county jail.
The dogs apparently were left to fend for themselves for a month but who put them in the dumpsters?
VP Operations at Lollypop Farm Richard Gerbasi said, “She claims that she did not personally do that. That's where we have concerns there may be some juveniles involved in that.”
The Humane Society's Richard Gerbasi said the woman would have been aware the dogs were emaciated and should have at least sought medical treatment for them. Only one of the dogs was able to be taken for a walk today.
Gerbasi said, “If she was unable to care for them, she should have surrendered either to us. Or animal control actually would have come down and picked up the dogs. She could have done that even during that month period.”
Investigators have no motive yet for why anyone would have tried to throw the dogs away. They plan to interview the juveniles.
We asked if the dogs' barking might have alerted neighbors. Gerbasi said, “Unfortunately, especially in some of the inner city areas, there's a lot of dogs tied outside, a lot of dogs making a lot of noise. So that probably would not have alerted them. In the past couple weeks, they probably would be too weak to have made much commotion.”
Gerbasi says to him, this does not change the lack of compassion for life, whether it be human or animal. “One of my concerns is that anyone who would do this to an animal would have no second thoughts of harming a human being also.”
The Humane Society says the Solomon woman acknowledged that the two dogs did belong to her. But right now, she's only charged with two counts of failure to provide sustenance. That's a misdemeanor, punishable by up to a year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
She's scheduled to be arraigned in city court Friday morning.
Update July 1, 2010 3:28pm - The following article is by Democrat & Chronicle, from Roc Now:
Yvette Solomon jailed over dogs dumped in trash
A Rochester woman has been taken to the Monroe County Jail in connection with two dogs that were found in garbage bins Sunday.
Yvette C. Solomon, 31, who most recently lived at 61 Sander St., is believed to be the owner of both dogs, investigators with the Humane Society of Greater Rochester said today. She may be arraigned tomorrow, said Humane Society spokeswoman Adrienne McHargue.
Cruelty investigators responded to a 911 call Sunday and found a severely emaciated 6-month-old female pit bull terrier in a Dumpster beside 314 Bay St., Rochester, McHargue said. Later that day, investigators responded to a second call regarding a dog in a garbage tote at 61 Sander St. which is just around the corner from where the first dog was found. A 1-year-old male pit bull terrier, also severely emaciated, was found buried in a trash bin, with the lid to the bin closed.
Both dogs were taken to Lollypop Farm in Perinton for emergency treatment, said Richard Gerbasi, vice president of operations for the Humane Society. Both dogs are in critical but stable condition at the shelter. Gerbasi said both dogs “are doing remarkably well” and are expected to make a full recovery.
Gerbasi said at least one witness previously saw Solomon with the dogs — and even offered to care for the dogs for her. She refused unless the witness would purchase the dogs from her, Gerbasi said. Solomon’s discarded utility bills were in the garbage with the dogs, he said.
Solomon, who moved out of the now-vacant house, faces potential charges of aggravated animal cruelty, a felony, and abandonment, a misdemeanor, McHargue said.
The cruelty offense carries a penalty of up to two years in jail and/or a $2,000 fine. The abandonment charge can lead to a possible sentence of one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
Update July 2, 2010 10:55am - The following article is by Democrat and Chronicle, Roc Now:
Yvette Solomon accused of failing to feed 2 dogs later found in garbage
A Rochester woman pleaded not guilty today to two charges of cruelty to animals after two emaciated dogs were found in garbage containers.
Yvette Solomon, 30, of Rochester is accused of failing to provide sustenance for the two young pit bull terriers.
Solomon, who is believed to be the owner of both dogs, was jailed yesterday but has been released.
Her next court appearance is at 9:30 a.m. July 22. July 22nd at 9:30 a.m.
Cruelty investigators with the Humane Society of Greater Rochester responded to a 911 call Sunday and found a severely emaciated 6-month-old female pit bull terrier in a Dumpster beside 314 Bay St., spokeswoman Adrienne McHargue said. Later that day, investigators responded to a second call regarding a dog in a garbage tote at 61 Sander St., which is just around the corner from where the first dog was found. A 1-year-old male pit bull terrier, also severely emaciated, was found buried in a trash bin, with the lid to the bin closed. Solomon had moved out of the house at 61 Sander St.
Both dogs were taken to Lollypop Farm in Perinton for treatment, said Richard Gerbasi, vice president of operations for the Humane Society.
Solomon’s discarded utility bills were in the garbage with the dogs, he said.
Update July 8, 2010 3:50pm - The following article is from WHAM:
Dogs in Animal Torture Case Recovering
Remember the two pit bull terriers that were found in trash bins a few days ago?
The female is in foster care and the male will be, by the end of the week.
The vet at Lollypop Farm who cared for them said they’ve put on weight and are active.
Dr. Andy Newark said, "They still have a ways to go as far as putting on muscle mass and getting back to a good healthy weight where we'll feel confident that anyone who adopts them won't have to do much work with them except the normal."
Yvette Solomon has been charged with two counts of torturing and injuring an animal.
They should be in foster care for about a month before they can be adopted.