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If you find an animal, call police at 518-563-3411. The dogs are believed to be infected with a variety of contagious illnesses.

Search on for missing, sick puppies in Clinton County

Police in Plattsburgh are asking for the public's help in rounding up puppies that were abandoned in rural areas of Clinton County.

According to police, the dogs -- some as young as eight weeks old -- were abandoned by the co-owner of the Northern Puppies pet store in Plattsburgh because the puppies were sick and he couldn't afford the veterinarian bills.

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Reported by

Brian Mann
Adirondack Bureau Chief

In a statement, city police said Michael Staley admitted to faking a burglary over the weekend to try to cover up his role in abandoning the animals.

Last month, the store's other co-owner, Tammy Staley, was charged in a separate case involving 20 counts of animal cruelty.

Efforts are now underway to find the abandoned animals. Police and volunteers have searched wooded areas in the towns of Saranac, Peasleeville and Dannemora.

Thirteen of the 24 dogs have been recovered. Police are asking the public to keep an eye out for stray dogs in Plattsburgh, Saranac and Redford.

If you find an animal, call police at 518-563 – 3411. The dogs are believed to be infected with a variety of contagious illnesses, including ring worm.

Plattsburgh police say their investigation is continuing and criminal charges are likely.

 

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