Two Staffordshire terriers were rescued Tuesday from the flooded, feces-filled garage of an home at 57 Greenway Terrace in the Town of Wallkill, after the owner abandoned them and the house about a month before, said law enforcement officials.
There was no heat, and burst pipes had flooded the garage with 2 to 3 inches of standing water, said Gene Hecht, with the Hudson Valley Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Law Enforcement Division. The dogs were standing in the water, which was full of their urine and feces.
“They didn’t even have a place to sit down and lay down in there,” he said.
He said neighbors would occasionally open up the garage door and throw food in for the two dogs — “Momma,” a 1-and-a-half-year-old female, and “Bengal,” a 3-year-old male.
The dogs are on medication for breathing problems and sores on their feet, but are expected to recover. He said they were “friendly as can be” when rescuers executed a warrant Tuesday.
“They were licking us,” he said.
The home’s owner, Beverly Bristow, abandoned the place about a month ago, Hecht said. Anyone with any information is asked to call SPCA law enforcement at 1-855-448-2548. Caller names will be kept confidential.