SPCA says two-year-old dog shot by Newfield man is in stable condition

September 23, 2014 by Mark H. Anbinder

A two-year-old German Shepherd mix shot by a Newfield man last week is in stable condition and the SPCA of Tompkins County is "optimistic that she will recover," says executive director Jim Bouderau. The dog was rescued last Thursday by the Tompkins County Sheriff's Department after a neighbor discovered the dog had been left outside overnight.

"Lillie" is being cared for by the Tompkins County SPCA and Cornell's Companion Animal Hospital."Lillie" is being cared for by the Tompkins County SPCA and Cornell's Companion Animal Hospital.Tompkins County sheriff's deputies determined that Jeffrey M. Wood, a Newfield resident, shot his dog in the head twice "with a .22 caliber long gun" after the dog chewed up his Wi-Fi router. He faces felony charges of aggravated cruelty to animals, and further charges are possible. The FBI has recently revealed that it is tracking animal cruelty incidents. "A growing body of research indicates that people who commit acts of cruelty towards animals rarely stop there," according to an analysis by Cynthia Hodges of the Michigan State University College of Law.

"Our main concern now is for Lillie's care and recovery," says Bouderau. "It will be weeks, or even months," he adds, and costs of required surgeries and recovery care are estimated at roughly $5,000. "Supporters can make a donation to our Angel Fund for medical emergencies, which we use for situations like these." Tax-deductible donations can be made at spcaonline.com or by mail to the SPCA of Tompkins County, Attn: Angel Fund, 1640 Hanshaw Road, Ithaca, New York 14850.

Bouderau says "We anticipate that she will need several more surgeries, including the repair of a wound to her soft palate, as well as the removal of one (potentially two) of her eyes due to the trauma caused by the gunshot wound." The SPCA's own team of veterinarians, funded by the Maddie's Fund Shelter Medicine Program, and specialists from Cornell University's Companion Animal Hospital at the vet school, will "work through the process of her treatment and ongoing care.

Asked if a photo of the patient was available, Bouderau responded, "She is a little camera shy right now." He adds, "Lillie is a sweet dog who wags her tail when SPCA staff visit with her. She is a bit confused and is still in rough shape." He says that Wood, her former owner, is scheduled to appear at 1pm on Thursday in Town of Newfield town court. "We would encourage members of the community who are outraged by this incident to voice their concerns to town officials."


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