Three charged with animal cruelty following Jamestown fire

JAMESTOWN, N.Y. (WIVB) – Three people have been charged with animal cruelty in Jamestown after fire and police responded to a residence for a fire.

All of the occupants at 12 Mt. Vernon Place were able to get out safely. Firefighters rescued two dogs from inside the residence, one of which was found to be suffering from extreme neglect. The dog had extremely matted hair, was covered in feces with open sores, and had a large cyst on its abdomen.

This photo shows the dog’s face.

The toy poodle named Mia was taken to the Jamestown Veterinary Hospital. Friday, police sent an updated photo of Mia after veterinary staff cleaned her up and began treating her medical issues:


Mia will be transferred to a local kennel.

The three occupants of the home- David M. Wright, 31, William L. Wright, 39, and Lisa A. Bortz, 40, were each charged with animal cruelty.

They were taken to Jamestown City Jail. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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