Emaciated Dog Found in Buffalo Garbage Tote

January 22, 2019
By: SPCA Chief Communications Officer Gina Browning

See Charlie’s video playlist here >>


-February 12 video update >>

February 6 audio update on NewsRadio 930 WBEN >>

-February 5 video update & news on $2475 reward fund >>

The SPCA’s Shelby O’Neil from our Behavior and Training Department with Charlie!

-February 1 video update >>

2/1/19: Charlie sneaking a treat!


The SPCA’s Gina Browning (left) and Dr. Helene Chevalier with our star, CHARLIE!


The SPCA’s Bethany Kloc giving Charlie a hug!

-January 29 video update >>

Charlie 1-28-19

-January 28 update, photos, and news on $1475 reward fund >>

-January 26 update, photo, and news on $1000 reward fund >>

-January 25 update: Hear Charlie’s update on NewsRadio 930 WBEN here. Charlie made it through another night! While his platelet levels are still very low, additional test results that should arrive later today or tomorrow will tell Dr. Chevalier and the veterinary team much more about any specialized medication and other treatments Charlie may require. Dr. Chevalier is still very careful to caution Charlie’s fans that, while he is making progress as far as weight gain and strength, we need to remember that he may be in crisis internally and his health could turn at any moment. For now, Charlie’s tail is wagging, and clearly, in these photos with Emily from the SPCA’s Behavior and Training Department, he’s thrilled with a Kong toy that an anonymous friend brought to the SPCA today especially for Charlie. We at the SPCA thank you all for your kind thoughts and prayers…please keep it up!

Emily, in the SPCA’s Behavior and Training Department, has been one of the dedicated staffers working with Charlie

-January 24 update: Charlie’s resting today after a long night. Some of his blood work came back late yesterday showing some very serious abnormalities, which led to the decision to perform a whole blood transfusion late last night. This morning he was resting comfortably and still is (as you see, he is now donning a fashionable cone in our Dog ICU) but his prognosis for a full recovery is guarded. The SPCA’s Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Helene Chevalier says that the blood work has been repeated, and we are hoping to have those results and further diagnostic results by tomorrow to determine the best treatment options for Charlie, but she is extremely concerned about this type of blood disease. This is why, with emaciation cases of these extremes, although he seems very happy, we are cautious about what’s happening internally. If Charlie survives, she says, he will have a long road ahead of him. We’re letting Charlie rest today and giving him the day off from videos, but we’re still hoping for your kind prayers and thoughts; we know Charlie has a strong spirit to survive. We will provide updates on Charlie’s progress on Facebook.

-January 23 updates:
-See what Dr. Chevalier says about Charlie’s condition here >>
-See Charlie at breakfast here >>
-Have tissues ready when you listen to this morning’s Star 102.5 segment on Charlie with Rob Lucas here >>
Hear Charlie’s story on NewsRadio 930 WBEN >>


Listen to Charlie’s story & hear from Dr. Chevalier in this video >>

Thanks to the actions of some very observant City of Buffalo Sanitation Department workers and representatives from the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter, a dog close to death is now being cared for at the SPCA Serving Erie County.

“Charlie” was found today in a garbage tote at a residence in the Bailey Ave./Walden Ave. area of Buffalo. City of Buffalo Sanitation Department employees found the dog during scheduled garbage collection tasks earlier this morning. The dog was immediately transferred by the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter to the SPCA Serving Erie County, where he received emergency life-saving care.

Charlie was unable to stand on his own, and his temperature upon arrival at the SPCA registered at only 92 degrees after being a mere 90 degrees shortly after being found.  The emaciated dog, an adult male Pit Bull Terrier mix, received fluids, antibiotics, and pain killers while being warmed as quickly as possible. He has several pressure sores on various parts of his body, and numerous cuts and scrape on his head, face, and other areas.

SPCA Animal Cruelty Investigator Paul LeShay helps hold and comfort an emaciated Charlie

At the time of this writing, Charlie’s temperature had increased to 98.5 degrees and he was able to hold up his head, stand for very short periods of time, and was wagging his tail. SPCA Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Helene Chevalier cautions, however, that, due to the severity of the emaciation and the inability to know at this time the condition of Charlie’s internal organs and their ability to operate effectively, it is too soon to make predictions on survival, although she is optimistic.

SPCA Animal Cruelty Investigators are asking for information from anyone who may be familiar with this dog and how he ended up in such poor physical condition, and information on who may have placed the dog in the garbage tote. Anyone with information that could prove helpful in an investigation is encouraged to call the SPCA at 716-875-7360 and speak with an officer or dispatch operator, or hit extension 221 to leave a message for SPCA Investigator Bill Heine. The SPCA will respond to anonymous tips. Keep watching YourSPCA.org or the SPCA’s Facebook page for updates on Charlie’s progress.



January 21, 2019

Frigid temps and a few feet of snow couldn’t keep members of the Buffalo Bandits from touring the SPCA’s 300 Harlem Rd., West Seneca shelter today!

SPCA Admissions/Adoptions Counselor Job Opening. Learn more.

Read the full press release by clicking on the image below.
*PLEASE NOTE: This law applies to dogs left outdoors  in extreme hot AND cold weather conditions. For the SPCA’s hot weather pet tips, click here >>


From WBEN-AM Radio: Buffalo Common Council passes law to protect dogs.

From WGRZ-TV: New Buffalo law makes it illegal to leave dogs outside in extreme heat or cold.

From WIVB-TV: City of Buffalo passes dog tethering ordinance.

From WKBW-TV: Law protecting dogs in extreme weather passes in Buffalo.

From Spectrum News: Dog protection ordinance passes Buffalo Common Council.


December 10, 2018
By: SPCA Chief Communications Officer Gina Browning

Buffalo Sabres goaltender Linus Ullmark has teamed up with the SPCA Serving Erie County to give more dogs a “home advantage!”

ULLMARK’S BARKS, designed to help more SPCA dogs find homes, will kick off Thursday, December 13. Through the end of the Buffalo Sabres hockey season, Ullmark and the Buffalo Sabres will share information on some of the temporary canine residents at the SPCA in the hopes of encouraging community members to draft the dogs and bring them into their homes.

“I’m excited to be helping the SPCA in this way,” Ullmark said last week when he visited the SPCA’s new West Seneca shelter for the first time. “I love dogs, and I’m looking forward to helping the dogs at the shelter. Together, we hope to find more homes more quickly.”

“This program is incredibly exciting because it allows us to put a unique spotlight on our extraordinary canine residents,” says SPCA Chief Communications Officer Gina Browning. “With the help of Linus and the Buffalo Sabres, we’ll be able to tell an entirely different audience how remarkable these dogs are and hopefully encourage them to add our dogs to their family teams!”

Those who cannot adopt but still want to be a part of Ullmark’s Barks and help the SPCA care for homeless dogs can donate toward the Ullmark’s Barks Fund.

Photos of the most recent Ullmark draft, more information, and a link to the Ullmark’s Barks Fund are available here!

See photos of Linus’ 12/7/18 tour of the SPCA Serving Erie County here!

Christmastime causes many people to think about how much they have to be thankful for.  But did you ever think about what our community would look like if the SPCA Serving Erie County didn’t exist?

December 1 – 12, 2018, get a  glimpse of how the lives of those pictured above were changed by the SPCA and our animals, leading up to the 15th annual RADIOTHON with NewsRadio 930 WBEN and Star 102.5 FM Radio, and presented by GEICO!

The 12 Days of SPCA will highlight our Radiothon theme: You Never Know When You’ll Need the SPCA. See why the SPCA matters to those who never knew they’d need us…until they needed us.

Then on December 13, 6 am – 6 pm, both radio stations will be broadcasting LIVE from the SPCA’s 300 Harlem Rd., West Seneca shelter! It’s an all-out open house at the SPCA, with half-off adoption specials, shopping deals in the Petique, Lights of Love, an SPCA expo in our Education Center, and more!

Have you or those you love been impacted by the SPCA and our animals in some way? Have you needed us to make your family…your home…your life…more complete?

Then make your Radiothon gift today…or become an Angel for the Animals…at YourSPCA.org/2018Radiothon, or text the word “Donation” to 80077!


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 (Remember, with 5-day return on each wash, you’ll get 6 washes!)

Full Synthetic Oil Change & Applebee’s Dinner*
(Includes up to 5 quarts of oil!)**


Available through December 30, 2018 in the
SPCA Petique, 300 Harlem Rd., West Seneca, NY 14224

For more information, call the Petique:
716-875-7360, ext. 237


*Dinner certificate includes two menu items up to a $20 value. Does not include tax, beverages, or gratuity, and expires March 31, 2019.
**Does not include dexos.


November 6, 2018
By: SPCA Chief Communications Officer Gina Browning

After a hiatus, the SPCA Serving Erie County brings back its Lights of Love program for the 2018 holiday season.

Now through December 13, those wishing to purchase a labeled Christmas tree light in honor of or in memory of people or pets who have touched their lives can do so through the SPCA. The lights will adorn trees in the organization’s 300 Harlem Rd., West Seneca shelter Adoptions Lobby that will remain lit through the end of the year.

“In Memory Of” white lights and “In Honor Of” colored lights are available for a $20 donation. A string of 12 lights is available for $180. All donations will help give shelter animals a second chance at happy, healthy lives filled with light and love.

Lights of Love is sponsored by Adams Nursery and Garden Center.

To purchase one or more lights, click here or call Colleen at the SPCA: 716-875-7360, ext. 227.


November 1, 2018
By:  SPCA Chief Communications Officer Gina Browning

**UPDATE, JANUARY 3, 2019: Please note…since this story was posted, “Tale for Two” dates and days of the week have changed. For information on current program dates and times, please download our Tale for Two 2019 flier or contact SPCA Director of Humane Education Christine Davis, 716-875-7360, ext. 262.

This month, the SPCA Serving Erie County will begin two new programs for area children.

“Tale For Two” encourages children ages 6 – 15 to read aloud to adoptable animals at the SPCA. Animals will benefit from the increased socialization and reduced stress levels, while children will work on their literacy and reading skills, building their self-esteem and confidence.

For a $40 registration fee, parents/guardians can register children for six-week sessions that take place at the SPCA’s 300 Harlem Rd., West Seneca shelter Wednesday evenings, 5:00 pm –
6:00 pm. Children can bring their favorite books to the SPCA or select one at the shelter.

The first Tale for Two session begins Wednesday, November 14. Future Wednesday start dates are December 26 and, in 2019,  February 6, March 20, May 1, June 12, July 24, September 4, October 9, and November 20. A parent or guardian must remain with each registered child. **UPDATE, JANUARY 3, 2019: Please note…since this story was posted, “Tale for Two” dates and days of the week have changed. For information on current program dates and times, please download our Tale for Two 2019 flier or contact SPCA Director of Humane Education Christine Davis, 716-875-7360, ext. 262.

To register your child, please send an email to SPCA Director of Humane Education Christine Davis at HumaneEducation@yourspca.org.

Also new: due to the popularity of the Summer Camp program, the SPCA has added Vacation Day and School Break Camps to the calendar. All camps are available to children ages 5 – 10, and are held
9:00 am – 4:00 pm at the SPCA’s West Seneca shelter. Before and after care will be available for all camps.

Vacation Day Camps are available for a $50/day registration fee. Monday, November 12 will be the first Vacation Day Camp, themed “All About Cats & Dogs.” Monday, January 21, 2019, Vacation Day Camp will feature an “Animal Advocates” theme.

School Break Camps are available for a $210.00/week registration fee with single-day registration options available. February 18 – 22, 2019 offers a “Critter Camp” theme, and “Animal Adventure Camp” will take place April 22 – 26, 2019.

Registration for all camp sessions is available online only; visit https://yourspca.org/newsevents/camp/ to register children for camp.

More information on Tale for Two is available here. To learn more about Vacation Day/School Break Camps, click here.

PHOTOS, 11/14/18: See photos from our first Tale for Two session here!


October 22, 2018
John J. Flynn, District Attorney
Erie County District Attorney’s Office

Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announces that 35-year-old Joshua Mack of Buffalo was sentenced today by State Supreme Court Justice Paul B. Wojtaszek to an indeterminate sentence of 1-3 years in state prison for his conviction to one felony count of Prohibition of Animal Fighting.

On March 22, 2018, a search warrant was executed at the defendant’s home on Roma Avenue in the City of Buffalo. During the search, seven dogs and one puppy with varying levels of injuries and scarring consistent with dog fighting were rescued from the home. In addition, dog fighting paraphernalia was removed from the property.

The dogs were brought to the SPCA’s on-site infirmary on Harlem Road in West Seneca for immediate care and treatment.

Read the full story here.

“Animal cruelty in any form is unacceptable and is something that I take very seriously” says District Attorney Flynn, “these poor dogs are brought up in an environment of abuse and pain and I am happy to see justice done.”

DA Flynn commends the outstanding investigative work of NYS Peace Officers and SPCA Serving Erie County Animal Cruelty Investigators Tyler Robertson and William Heine.

Assistant District Attorney Erin E. Hart of the DA’s Felony Trials Bureau prosecuted the case.

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