'Abandoned' Puppy was Turned in by Owner

EVANS, NY – The Town of Evans Police Department have solved the case of an injured puppy that was supposedly found abandoned on Holland Road Thursday. According to a statement released Saturday, it was the dog's owner who turned the animal over to police, claiming that he had accidentally stepped on the dog's leg and couldn't afford to pay a veterinarian. He made up the story about finding the dog on Holland Road knowing that it would get medical attention if he turned it over to police.

His story started unraveling within an hour of police releasing photos of the puppy to the media. Police learned the name, address and phone number of the person who bought the dog in August thanks to a tip from the seller. It turns out that the buyer, William M. Montroy, 27, of Angola, was the same person who delivered the injured animal to the police station.

On Friday, police asked Montroy to come the station to answer some questions. He arrived with a parent and immediately broke down and started to cry while being questioned, police officials say. That's when he admitted that he had accidentally stepped on the puppy and injured its leg.

In his written statement to police, Montroy said that he is unemployed and couldn't afford the veterinary bill. "The price just for the visit alone was far [too] much for me to pay on my own," he said. After consulting with his father, he decided the best thing to do was to turn the dog over to the Town of Evans Police Department. "I apologize for the story and for my actions," he wrote, "but I just wanted the dog to be taken care of because neither I nor my family had any means to pay for the vet bills of that magnitude and didn't want the puppy to be euthanized."

According to the Town of Evans Police Department, the dog has been adopted.

In the video above, Chief of Police Ernest Masullo explains why he made the decision not to charge the owner with making a false report.


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