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October 14, 2012

Dogs taken away from Mooers Forks man

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Now LaBombard is looking for good homes for the dogs.

The adult animals, she said, “are all doing good now, and everyone has gained at least 10 pounds.

“I can’t wait to see them go to forever homes.”

Sadly, one puppy died.

She posts updates on the dogs on the shelter’s Facebook page; readers, their hearts captured by the sad story, have offered help and support.

And a crowd of about 30 people, most supporting LaBombard and the abused animals, attended the hearing.

New York State Police Officer Joshua Leonard was the first witness Collyer called to testify.

The trooper told the court how he went to Leafloor’s residence on Sept. 13 and 14 to ask about the canine’s living conditions.

“At that time, (Leafloor) said some of the dogs had gotten out through a hole in a fence and had been gone between a week and 10 days,” Leonard said that night. “He said that was why those dogs that appeared malnourished or underfed.”

On at least one occasion, the officer said, Leafloor admitted he needed to take better care of the animals.

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But Leonard said he saw no change in either the living conditions or the dogs’ health the next time he visited the place. When he returned to the property Sept. 16, he brought along an additional State Police officer, veterinarian Dr. Karen Firda, officials from the State Department of Environmental Conservation, an employee from Elmore SPCA and LaBombard.

Again, the officer assessed the dogs’ living conditions, finding multiple empty food and water dishes covered with green algae in pens soiled with urine and feces, he said.

Firda described for the court how she carefully checked out all of the dogs on the property using Body Condition Scoring to determine their health by looking at amount of muscle mass and fat over the canines’ skeletal structure.

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