May 7, 2020 — Pandemic or no pandemic, there are still animals in our community who need emergency assistance from the SPCA Serving Erie County…and our officers are responding to the cries for help.

Yesterday, an observant North Buffalo resident saw a robin trapped in string wrapped around its body; the robin was hanging upside down in a tree, unable to free himself. Officers Heine and Maleskis were able to rescue the bird, remove the string, and transport the thankful, little guy to our Wildlife Department for assessment and observation.

Later in the day, Officers Heine and Maleskis were at it again, responding to a call about an abandoned gosling at Tifft Nature Preserve. The gosling was also transported to our Wildlife Department for care and observation.

Today, the gosling drama continued. We’re still awaiting video from folks at UB Law School, who recorded Officers Maleskis and Wlodarczyk rescuing goslings there in an upper courtyard! The goslings join the others under observation here at the SPCA Serving Erie County’s Harlem Rd., West Seneca shelter.

If you are experiencing an emergency with your animal or find that an animal is in an emergency situation, please call the SPCA Monday through Friday at 716-875-7360, ext. 214, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. During the hours of 4 p.m.-8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays 8 a.m.-8 p.m., please call 716-449-0363.

When you call, please advise the dispatcher if you or any members of your household are experiencing flu-like symptoms. This information will ensure first responders can prepare to prevent the spread of any illnesses.

–Gina Lattuca, SPCA Serving Erie County Chief Communications Officer