GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. - Gloversville residents are furious after learning that a woman allegedly tied her dog to a post along the popular Rail Trail walking path with the intent of never coming back.
"I can't imagine just tying them up and saying 'it's somebody else's problem,'" Regional Animal Center volunteer Renee Earl said.
Police said a 6-month-old Retriever mix puppy name Amelia was found abandoned on the Rail Trial between Lincoln Street and West Eighth Avenue. The dog was taken to the Regional Animal Center in Gloversville.
Police said the puppy's owner 20-year-old Kayla Bothel of Gloversville left Amelia along the path. She has been charged with animal abandonment, a misdemeanor.
"She was tied, it was a very hot day," Earl said. "And some dry dog food was scattered and thrown on the ground."
Earl said she's been nursing Amelia back to health and preparing her to move on.
"[We're] bringing her to some social events and hopefully trying to find her a permanent home," she said.
Earl said she hopes Bothel's case will stop others from abandoning their pets.
"I think the people in this community are starting to realize that we're not going to tolerate it," she said. "The police department is not going to tolerate it. They are going to make arrests. They are going to find the people who did it."
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