Buffalo Man Pleads Guilty to Animal Cruelty Charge for Beating Puppy Near Front Park

October 29, 2021 — Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 23-year-old Navier Rodriguez of Buffalo pleaded guilty yesterday afternoon before Acting State Supreme Court Justice Debra Givens to one count of Overdriving, Torturing, and Injuring Animals; Failure to Provide Proper Sustenance (Class “A” misdemeanor under New York State Agriculture and Markets Law).

The defendant admitted to intentionally hitting his 8-week-old puppy and throwing the dog to the ground multiple times on the morning of April 7, 2021. The incident, witnessed by multiple people, occurred on Porter Avenue near Front Park in the City of Buffalo.

The puppy suffered extensive injuries to its mouth, including cuts and broken teeth. He was taken to the SPCA Serving Erie County where he received veterinary care for the injuries. The dog, now known as “Petey,” is being cared for by his foster family.

Rodriguez faces a maximum of one year in jail when he is sentenced on Tuesday, January 25, 2022 at 9:30 a.m. He remains released on his own recognizance as the charge is non-qualifying for bail.

An order, signed by Justice Givens, remains in place that prohibits the defendant from owning any animals during the pendency of this case.

“This defendant savagely beat a defenseless puppy near a city park. My office’s Animal Cruelty Unit will continue to prosecute these cases and hold any animal abusers accountable for their actions. I want to thank the SPCA Serving Erie County for their assistance in these criminal investigations and for the many services they provide to help these animals,” said Erie County DA John Flynn.

“This case was a perfect example of law enforcement agencies and the District Attorney’s Office collaborating to move forward a case of animal cruelty and, in the end, get a conviction. Fortunately, there was a happy ending, Petey is doing well and being spoiled in a loving home,” said SPCA Interim President/CEO Beth Shapiro.

DA Flynn commends Officer Lindsey Wood of the SPCA Serving Erie County, Buffalo Police Department, City of Buffalo Dog Control, and the United States Border Patrol for their work in the investigation.

The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Megan E. Mahoney of the Animal Cruelty Unit.

Full story on website of Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn >>




October 27, 2021 — Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 21-year-old Moises L. Germanguerrero of Cheektowaga was arraigned yesterday morning before Cheektowaga Town Court Justice David M. Stevens on two counts of Aggravated Cruelty to Animals (Class “E” felonies). The defendant was charged following investigation by SPCA Serving Erie County into the suspicious deaths of his cats.

It is alleged that on March 29, 2021, the defendant’s girlfriend brought a deceased cat to a veterinary hospital, which was then taken to the SPCA Serving Erie County. A necropsy determined that the cat died from blunt force trauma to the head. The defendant is accused of hitting the cat with a closed fist, which caused the death of the animal.

It is further alleged that on October 18, 2021, the defendant’s girlfriend brought another cat to a different veterinary hospital to be treated for head trauma. The cat was taken to the SPCA Serving Erie County where it was euthanized due to the severity of the injury. A veterinarian at the SPCA determined the second cat suffered from blunt force trauma to the head pending results of a necropsy. The defendant is also accused of fatally injuring the cat by hitting the animal with a closed fist.

Germanguerrero is scheduled to return on Thursday, January 6, 2022 at 10:00 a.m. The defendant was released on his own recognizance as the charges are non-qualifying for bail.

If convicted of all charges, Germanguerrero faces a maximum of 4 years in prison.

DA Flynn commends SPCA Serving Erie County Officers Jasil Ivory, Tyler Robertson, Lindsey Wood, and Jennifer Maleskis as well as and Detective Terrence Griffin of the Cheektowaga Police Department for their work in this investigation.

“This is a disturbing case of a man accused of killing his own pets. My office will continue to prosecute animal abusers to the fullest extent of the law. I want thank the SPCA for not only their work in this investigation, but also for the work they do every day to help animals in our community,” said Erie County District Attorney John Flynn.

“This is so much more than a job for our officers at the SPCA. These cases become incredibly personal, and elicit heartfelt sentiment amongst members of our team. Just this case alone, particularly for Officer Ivory, represented more than 6 months of discussion and fact-checking and, yes, a range of emotions. I’m incredibly proud of the work performed by the NYS Peace Officers who represent the SPCA every day, and equally-proud of the relationships they’ve formed with other local law enforcement agencies and the District Attorney’s Office. Together with donors who make our services possible, we work tirelessly to end animal cruelty in our region and beyond,” said Beth Shapiro, SPCA Serving Erie County interim president/CEO.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Megan E. Mahoney of the Animal Cruelty Unit.

As are all persons accused of a crime, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

Kait Munro | Public Information Officer

Erie County | District Attorney

SPCA Serving Erie County Offers Free Adoptions to Current and Past Military Members During Vets & Pets

October 25, 2021
By: SPCA Chief Communications Officer Gina Lattuca

To thank the men and women of the armed services this Veterans Day, the SPCA Serving Erie County offers “Vets & Pets,” waiving adoption fees on most animals for individuals and immediate families of individuals on active duty, reserves, and honorable discharge, along with service-disabled veterans and those retired from military service.

Vets & Pets begins Monday, November 1 and runs through Thursday, November 11* at the SPCA’s 300 Harlem Rd., West Seneca shelter and all SPCA off-site adoption locations.

Those who qualify and are interested in viewing and adopting dogs or farm animals are urged to call the SPCA now to schedule an appointment during Vets & Pets, since appointments are necessary for all dog and farm animal adoptions at this time. Appointments are also necessary for viewing and adopting cats Saturday, November 6. To schedule an appointment, call the SPCA at (716) 875-7360, ext. 207. No appointments are necessary to adopt other animals.

Photos of all adoptable animals can be found here. See a list of our off-site locations here. Military ID or DD214 will need to be presented. If an individual is currently serving outside of New York State, that individual’s spouse can adopt during Vets & Pets if a military spouse identification card is presented.


Contact SPCA Adoptions Supervisor Krissi Miranda with any questions: (716) 875-7360, ext. 233.

*Please note: The SPCA’s West Seneca shelter is closed on Sunday, November 7, but many of the SPCA’s off-site adoption locations are open that day! See a list of our off-site locations and photos of the animals available here. During our COVID response period, to be pre-approved to adopt an off-site pet, please call the SPCA’s Offsite Adoptions Department at (716) 875-7360, ext. 235, or visit the 300 Harlem Rd., West Seneca shelter Monday-Saturday, 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

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October 25, 2021 — SPCA media partner Tom Bauerle, on air at NewsRadio 930 WBEN weekdays 2 p.m. – 6 p.m., has selected the SPCA Serving Erie County as the recipient of partial proceeds earned on all purchases at!

Starting Monday, use promo code SPCA31 to take advantage of a Halloween special discount: 31% off all items through October 31, when ALL proceeds will be donated to the animals at the SPCA!

Store merchandise, featuring products made only in the USA, ranges from water bottles and mugs to shirts and blankets.

This fundraising concept is one example of Bauerle’s longtime support of the SPCA. “The SPCA Serving Erie County has been a favorite charity of mine for most of my life,” says Bauerle, whose relationship with the organization has grown over several decades. In addition to personal donations, Bauerle has guest-hosted events, broadcasted during the annual Radiothon for more than 15 years, and found other unique ways to help the animals at the organization.

“I still remember one gift to the SPCA,  a large-screen television used in a feline recovery room at the Ensminger Rd., Tonawanda shelter. Veterinary technicians at the SPCA told me that the television would be used to play videos of other cats, birds, insects, even classical music that would help keep the cats’ minds stimulated and occupied, assisting in their recovery…and it WORKED!”

Visit October 25 – 31 and remember to use promo code SPCA31 for a special 31% discount! Thanks, Tom, for a Halloween donation we know will be ghoulishly great!

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–Gina Lattuca, SPCA Serving Erie County Chief Communications Officer


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SPCA Treats Pet Owners to Tricks for Keeping Pets Safe This Halloween

October 18, 2021
By: SPCA Chief Communications Officer Gina Lattuca


Halloween is meant to be fun for children of all ages, but according to the SPCA Serving Erie County, pets often experience the dark side of Halloween fun.  With extra precautions, seasonal problems can often be avoided:

-HUNGRY PETS:  CHOCOLATE CAN BE FATAL TO YOUR PET!  Please share this tip with children, who may be tempted to share their Halloween take with their best four-footed friends! The sweet smell of Halloween chocolate and other candy left by a door pleases pets, as do cookies and cakes served at Halloween parties. Sweets can cause diarrhea, vomiting, abdominal pain or worse.  Purchase Halloween treats made specifically for pets and keep the “people” treats away from where pets can reach them.

 Halloween is traditionally known for trick-or-treaters…and pranksters.  KEEP ALL PETS INSIDE on Halloween night, and the nights immediately preceding and following October 31.  This will prevent them from being stolen, teased, kicked, blinded by flashlights or abused in other ways.

-NERVOUS/TERRITORIAL PETS:  Constant door-knocking or doorbell-ringing may cause an extremely nervous pet to shake or tremble uncontrollably, or have an “accident” in the house.  Territorial pets may become aggressive at the sound of unfamiliar visitors.  Keep nervous or territorial pets distracted in another room with the door closed.

-CURIOUS PETS:  Keep pets away from costume-making areas, where sequins or buttons can be swallowed.  Scissors used for cutting patterns, or knives used for carving jack o’lanterns, can harm your pet.  Also remember to keep pets away from a candle-illuminated jack o’lantern.  Halloween has become a popular season for decorations as well.  Keep decorations out of your pet’s reach, or securely attached in place to prevent your pet from pulling the decorations down.  Swallowing a decorative object may cause intestinal problems and present a potential emergency.

-KEEP CURRENT ID ON PETS: Exuberant or nervous pets may bolt out doors opened for trick-or-treat candy handouts. Ensure they are wearing proper identification (even if they are microchipped) in case they become lost. Collars are available for purchase at the SPCA Petique, located at the 300 Harlem Rd., West Seneca shelter, and other pet supply shops. If you lose or find a pet, visit the SPCA’s Lost & Found page for tips on what to do next.

Contact the SPCA Serving Erie County with any questions or concerns: 716-875-7360.

SPCA’s ‘Name Your Own Price’ October Adoption Special >>


All month long, name your own dog adoption prices for dogs 1 year or older!
Plus, each week, name your own adoption price of “special guest” animals!

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Shelter Animals Count Releases COVID-19 Impact 3-Year Comparison Report

September 30, 2021 — From, an independent nonprofit that is home to The National Database of sheltered animal statistics, providing facts and enabling insights to save lives:

Shelter Animals Count (SAC), The National Database of animal sheltering statistics, enables fact-based insights to improve animal welfare in the United States.

SAC just released its latest report analyzing data for the first halves of the last three years (2019, 2020 and 2021). The report compares data from the first six months of 2019, 2020 and 2021 to look at pandemic-related trends in animal welfare.

Three hundred forty one animal welfare organizations across the United States provided complete data for the 18 months covered in the study, and only that data was included in the report.

This report provides clues as to whether 2021 numbers are following a predictable trend as we move towards a “new normal,” or if things are still abnormal due to special market behavior. Based on the analysis, it appears that 2021 is following a normal pre-pandemic trend so far.

More people are keeping their pets, based on intake numbers remaining at pandemic level lows overall, and an almost insignificant increase in owner surrender since the pandemic began.

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