Police: Caretaker of dog with cancerous tumor located, arrested

GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Police say they have made an arrest in connection to the dog found roaming around in Fulton County with a cancerous tumor on its back.

Officials say on Tuesday, June 16 around midnight the Gloversville Police Department responded to the area of Kingsboro Avenue and Prospect Avenue for a report of an injured dog walking on the street.

When they got there it was determined that the animal, an adult male tan colored beagle mix dog, approximately 6 to 7 years of age with what appeared to be a large open area on the dog’s back near the hips.  The dog did not appear to have any injuries consistent with being struck by a motor vehicle and did not have any identifiable tags.

Officers conducted a canvass of the neighborhood to attempt to locate the dog’s owner at the time of the call as well as later in the day, but were unsuccessful in identifying an owner.

The animal was transported to the Regional Animal Shelter and was taken to the Johnstown Animal Clinic for veterinary services by the Gloversville Police Department Animal Control Officer.

After an examination by a veterinarian, the dog was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor which appeared to have gone untreated for some time, possibly due to neglect.  The Gloversville Police Department has completed this investigation.

The animal was identified through city records as “Pongo”, an approximately 11-year-old male Beagle mix. The licensed owner was identified as 34-year-old Christina France of Herkimer.

However, “Pongo” was temporarily left in the care of a Gloversville resident, 38-year-old Norbert Saxton Jr. of  Gloversville, as the owner could not have dogs over 40 pounds at her current residence.

38-year-old Norbert Saxton Jr., Gloversville
38-year-old Norbert Saxton Jr., Gloversville

A second local veterinarian from the Sacandaga Veterinary Clinic examined “Pongo” and determined the tumor located on “Pongo’s” back could have ruptured approximately 10 days to two weeks prior to being located by police on June 16. It was the professional opinion of the veterinarian that the condition the dog was found in was the result of neglect on the part of the owner or person in charge of the care of the animal.

Police say they obtained an arrest warrant for Saxton on June 26 and he surrendered himself to police where he was processed, charged with the offense Cruelty to Animals in violation of Article 26 Section 353.00 of the NYS Agriculture and Markets Law, an unclassified misdemeanor.

Authorities say Saxton was arraigned and bail was set at $350 cash or $1500.00 insurance company bond.  He posted bail and appeared in Gloversville City Court on June 29. Saxton’s next court appearance is scheduled for July 27 in Gloversville City Court.

“Pongo’s” owner signed over ownership of the dog to the Regional Animal Shelter in Gloversville where he remains in their care and custody.

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