A loveable Mastiff was found abandoned along a remote road with bowls of food and water next to him. Julia VanSteenburg, a Delaware County animal control officer, found the dog by the roadside in Franklin (close by to Oneonta) on Friday. He had two bowls, water and a bag of kibble by his side.
Officer VanSteenburg said when she first approached the large dog, he was initially nervous. "He growled at me at first, but he warmed up quickly. He’s not neutered, and he had no collar or ID tags." She added, "He just stayed on the road like he expected whoever brought him there was coming back to get him. He really didn’t want to leave that spot."
She took the dog to the Delaware Valley Humane Society in Sidney where he will be held for 10 days while authorities try and find his owner. Karen Crawford, the manager of the Delaware Valley Humane Society in Sidney told CNYnews.com, "The dog is definitely a gentle giant. He is having some anxiety problems probably due to the fact that he was abandoned by the side of the road by his owner. But he is friendly and loveable. Because the animal officer brought the dog in herself we must hold it for ten days while the hunt is on for the dog’s owner and to find out why this dog was left by the side of a remote road."
A price sticker on one of the bowls and was traced back to a Marshall's store in Kingston (Ulster County) by Officer VanSteenburg. The town is 80 miles from where the dog was found. “I figured maybe it was somebody from the Kingston area that travels up this way. It's sad because he’s a beautiful dog," said Officer VanSteenburg adding,"This dog pulled at my heartstrings."
She notified police and left word with the Ulster County SPCA and will be contacting veterinarians and shelters in the Kingston area to see if anyone recognizes the dog. The case is being treated as an animal cruelty investigation. ”If nothing else, these people need to be read the riot act,” said VanSteenburg.
The bridle-colored, unneutered Mastiff was found on Frank Slawson Road near state Route 28 in Franklin, NY (Delaware County) on Friday December 7, 2012.
Anyone with information about the Mastiff or his owner are asked to call state police in Sidney at 607-561-7400 or contact Officer Julia VanSteenburg at (607) 369-3498.