Animal cruelty whistle-blower comes forward

GETZVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) – It took the death of one man’s dog for him to go searching for answers and that man’s actions potentially saved the lives of more than 70 other animals.

On Friday, the Erie County SPCA found 72 dead animals in the freezer of Dodge Boarding Kennels in Getzville, but they rescued dozens of others.

One of the kennel’s customers is also the person who reported the kennel to the SPCA. The man’s name is Chris. He spoke to News 4 under the condition his face was not shown on camera. “Right from the start things were a little different,” Chris said.

He was heading out of town for a few days and brought his dog Molly to the kennel on Dodge Road and something didn’t feel right to him, he says.

“When I got there she met me in the driveway took the dog from me there. I picked her up on a Tuesday afternoon and by Friday afternoon I had no choice but to put her down because she was so sick,” recalled Chris.

Molly’s vet was concerned the dog may have eaten a wild mushroom. Chris went back and knocked on the door at the kennel but no one was there. He eventually alerted the SPCA. Their investigation lead to the discovery of over 70 animals alive in the home and 72 animals dead being stored in freezers

Aaron Kandefer, an Animal Cruelty Investigator says it was a disturbing scene inside the kennel.

“There’s just animals stacked upon animals. There’s various medications from years past. Nothing’s been moved everything that they obtained for the animals kept accumulating in the property,” Kandafer said.

Chris says he’s happy his complaints lead to an investigation, but he’s still heartbroken at the loss of his beloved pet.

“I think about it every day. Had I asked a few more questions, had I insisted on seeing the place, had this other place had an opening. I can’t help but think about all the what ifs and my dog would probably still be alive.”

He does have some advice for pet owners, “Don’t be trusting. I was too trusting to a fault, that lead to the death of my dog.”

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