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Abused pup making progress, owners in court

Posted at 5:36 PM, May 16, 2019

Sam Sam, the dog who was rescued by North Tonawanda Police less than two weeks ago, is making a successful recovery. The pup's previous owners, Joseph Barwick and Dorthy Adama, were in North Tonawanda City Court today where they face animal cruelty charges.

Sam Sam appeared at Green Acres Animal Hospital back on May 5 weighing 19 pounds. Thursday she was up to 28 pounds, but Dr. Corey Biesinger, veterinarian at Green Acres, says a dog of her size normally weighs between 40 and 60 pounds.

"She hadn't been fed in a number of day... we feel hate towards the people that did it," Biesinger said. "It's probably one of the worst cases we've seen in the past couple of years."

Over the past 11 days, Sam Sam has been given IV fluids and prescription dog food to nurse her way back to good health. Sam Sam still has a long road to recovery. She first must put on at least another 10 pounds, then be vaccinated and then the hunt for her new home begins.

Barwick and Adama will return to court on May 30.