By Patrick Gallagher, Lo Hud
Two ailing pit bull puppies are being treated at the Yonkers Animal Shelter after being rescued from a trash bin at the Cross County Shopping Center in Yonkers, where they had been dumped.
The puppies were found by mall security at midday Tuesday in a bin outside the Sears department store, according to the SPCA, and were retrieved by staff from the shelter.
The puppies, estimated to be between one and two months old, were taken to the Yonkers city veterinarian, where they were treated for dehydration and Parvovirus, a digestive tract disease that targets young, unvaccinated dogs.
The SPCA of Westchester was notified of the incident, and has started a criminal investigation into the matter.
SPCA Police Chief Ken Ross said that such cases of abandoned pit bull puppies are often indicative of underground dog-fighting rings, which are difficult to detect.
He said people breeding dogs to fight, looking to minimize costs, avoid taking them to veterinarians when illnesses such as Parvovirus develop.
"If it comes out that the dog is sick, nine times out of 10 they'll do what happened yesterday, just dump them in the garbage and move on," Ross said.
Ross said about a year and a half ago the SPCA was finding pit bull puppes with parvo in Greenburgh in the area of Central Avenue, but those cases had stopped a short time later.
The Yonkers case "tells us that its still out there, its still going on, that the people who do this really have little regard for life, and that the situation is still ongoing — breeding and probably breeding to fight," Ross said. "The culture still exists."
Update June 30, 2010 1:41pm - The following article is by Stephanie Barish, WPIX:
Puppies Rescued After Getting Dumped in Yonkers Trash Bin
The puppies were found by mall security around noon Tuesday inside a bin outside the Sears department Store located inside the Cross County Shopping Center.
The male and female puppies -- estimated to be between one and two months old -- were taken by SPCA officials to the Yonkers city veterinarian. The animals were treated for dehydration and Parvovirus, a digestive tract disease that generally targets young, unvaccinated dogs.
The SPCA of Westchester has launched a probe into the incident.
Those responsible for abandoning the animals can face up to a one year prison term and be fined $1,000, officials said.
The SPCA of Westchester's Humane Law Enforcement Department asks anyone with any information relating to this incident, or any other act of animal cruelty, to contact it's 24 hour Cruelty Hotline at (914) 941-7797. All calls will remain confidential.