NORWOOD — A former Norwood woman is accused of abandoning her dog, which was found injured and without food.
St. Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies on Saturday charged Colleen L. Clark, 42, of 20 Park St., with failure to provide proper sustenance and neglect of an impounded animal, both misdemeanors.
Deputies said the charges come following an investigation that began Wednesday after they received a report that a dog could be heard barking inside the apartment. No one was around the residence and it appeared that Ms. Clark had moved out, deputies said.
The dog was found to be confined to one area in the house without food or adequate water and covered in feces. The dog also had injuries consisting of two open sores and other medical issues for which it is being treated at the Potsdam Humane Society.
Ms. Clark also was ticketed by Potsdam town animal control officers with having an unlicensed dog.
She was issued appearance tickets for Town Court.
Humane Society Director Alysia M. Maynard said the black and tan male Shar Pei-Rottweiler mix has been in high spirits since the shelter has taken him in.
“He is about four years old and we have been calling him either Happy or Smooches because he is so happy,” Ms. Maynard said. “He loves to give kisses. He is in great spirits and we are working on getting him healthy and adoptable and all set and ready to be sent off to a new home.”
Ms. Maynard said it will be several weeks before he will be up for adoption.
Animal control officers James C. McConkey and Rebecca A. Barlow said they have been calling the abandoned pooch Simba after the “Lion King” character because of his bravery, Ms. Barlow said.
“All the animals we take in we give new names,” Ms. Barlow said. “We believe a new name is like a new beginning and a new life.”
Mr. McConkey said he found Simba in a blocked-in area of the house with no light, with the animal’s eyes and ears completely shut with infection, lying in its own feces.
“He had these open sores all over him which are now almost 100 percent better compared to what they looked like when we found him,” Mr. McConkey said. “When I went in with the landlord and found the dog, it appeared to be dead to me, but he jumped right up when I called him.”
Mr. McConkey and Ms. Barlow said they were amazed at Simba’s spirits considering what he has been through.
“He really is a great dog,” Mr. McConkey said.
“Even the vet was totally surprised. With everything that was going on, the poor thing, he was wagging his tail the whole time.”
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