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North Tonawanda dog seized, owners face animal cruelty charges

Posted at 11:21 AM, May 05, 2019

NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WKBW) — The North Tonawanda Police say a dog has been seized following an anonymous complaint of animal cruelty.

Police say Sam Sam, the neglected female dog, was transported to a veterinary hospital by the North Tonawanda Dog Control Officer and the owners, Joseph Barwick and Dorthy Adama, face animal cruelty charges.

Barwick and Adama will not get the dog back.

"She definitely didn't deserve what she had done to her," said Dr. Corey, the Veterinarian caring for the dog. "We have to very slowly get her diet back to normal."

Dog control officer Salisbury says the dog is in bad shape and could die without receiving proper care, according to the vet she will need long term hospitalization and therapy. Since beginning treatment, the dog has been receiving fluids through an IV, and police report it has been able to eat small meals.

A GoFundMe has been set up for the dog, you can find it here.