SPCA continues to probe case of dog tied to tree
SCHENECTADY The Schenectady County SPCA is still investigating how a Great Dane ended up tied to a tree near Schenectady County Community College as two people have come forward to claim the dog.
Wilson Diaz of Rensselaer stepped forward saying the dog was his. He showed a family photo and some other proof, according to spokesman Randy Simons.
“We’re still looking into the story behind how the dog went missing and how the dog was tied,” he said.
Another woman also left a message on the agency’s hot line claiming ownership of the dog. SPCA officials were unsuccessful at reaching her on Sunday.
Simons said the SPCA needs to investigate further.
“Charges aren’t out of the realm of possibility here. We still believe there are a lot of unanswered questions,” he said.
The dog was found on a bike path behind SCCC after SPCA Sgt. Steve Redmond received a tip. He saw a person dart out of the woods and run away. He ran after the person but did not fi nd anyone.
Redmond and SPCA Offi cer Matt Johnson then found the dog tied to a tree a few feet from the river. The dog was shivering severely and could not lie down because the lease was too short.
The dog, who is now known as Duke, is staying in temporary housing.
Anyone with information about the dog can contact the SPCA at 755-9517 or can call city police.