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Dogs taken from Delaware County barn; dog fighting suspected

The Susquehanna SPCA is caring for six dogs, mostly pit bulls, that were taken from a Franklin home, in Delaware County, Wednesday night.

Posted: Feb 7, 2020 6:04 PM
Updated: Feb 7, 2020 6:04 PM

COOPERSTOWN, N.Y. -- The Susquehanna SPCA is caring for six dogs, mostly pit bulls, that were taken from a Franklin home, in Delaware County, Wednesday night. The executive director got the call from her counterpart at the Delaware Valley Humane Society.

"What she found was dog stacked in crates. They were living in the crates in a barn, so like a travel crate that you would use to take your dog to Florida. That's what they were living in," said Stacie Haynes, executive director of the Susquehanna SPCA. "Based on their demeanor, they have not been treated very nicely. Very very scared, instantly like on the floor, looking up like, 'please don't hit me' and then scars, scars all over their faces, on their arms."

The injuries lead shelter officials to one conclusion.

"We believe very strongly that they've been victims of dog fighting," said Haynes.

One dog, in particular, had a traumatic injury.

"It looks like her nose got ripped in half and a staple put it back together and the staple was still in yesterday but our vet took it out yesterday afternoon," said Haynes.

Haynes doesn't see any problem readying the dogs for eventual adoption; so far, they're very friendly and not exhibiting any aggression. There are currently no criminal charges. The Delaware County Sheriff's Department is investigating.

"The good news is, the owner did sign them over, so we don't have to fight to get them in court; they are our dogs," said Haynes.

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