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More cases of animal cruelty in the media

More cruelty cases are attracting media attention, but CNY SPCA Executive Director Paul Morgan said it’s because he’s getting better at putting the word out, not because there are more cruelty cases in Onondaga County.

More cruelty cases are attracting media attention, but CNY SPCA Executive Director Paul Morgan said it’s because he’s getting better at putting the word out, not because there are more cruelty cases in Onondaga County.

— Hoarding is a major problem in Central New York, Morgan said, though he didn’t attribute it to a malicious intent.

“Those overpopulation issues just get out of control,” he said. “Ninety-nine percent of the time, it’s a psychological problem. They think they’re doing the right thing. I hate to destroy their reputation by putting their name in the paper, but I have to arrest them. It’s less a criminal thing and more of a psychological issue, I think, and more often than not, the DA agrees with me. When you have the issue with overpopulation, that’s clearly a psychological problem. No one in their right mind would think that 100 cats would fit in a 500 square foot apartment. That’s a problem. That’s a mental thing going on.”

Troubling cases

The same is not true, however, in other cases.

“Sometimes, like in the case of the puppy with mange, you have people that are intentionally harming animals, and that’s just disgusting,” Morgan said. “There’s no excuse for that. That’s animal abuse, and people need to be held accountable for those actions.”

Pinky’s case is hardly an isolated incident. Another pit bull, 2-year-old Princess, made headlines last year when she was seized from her owner last November, weighing in at just 25 pounds. She should weigh close to 50 pounds. Wendy D. Collins, 32, of 1326 Oak St., was charged with failure to provide sustenance and failure to provide medical care to an animal, both misdemeanors. Collins pled guilty and was sentenced to three years’ probation, during which time she cannot own another pet. Fortunately, Princess recovered and was adopted by another family.

Other animals aren’t so lucky. In December, a pit bull had to be euthanized after he was chained to a silver Chevy Silverado pickup and dragged for several miles down Route 81. The dog suffered internal injuries and broken bones after the chain broke and the dog slammed into the guardrail several times near the Franklin Street exit ramp of I-81 South. The vehicle was driving at speeds of up to 65 miles per hour. No arrests have been made.

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