6 once-neglected dogs now available to adopt

Published: Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 3:39 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 7, 2010 at 3:39 p.m.

Six apparently neglected dogs found during a burglary investigation in Bradford County are now healthy enough to be adopted, including one named for the deputy who found them.

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Bradford County Sheriff's Office

The dogs were discovered Nov. 5 by Bradford County Sheriff's Detective Johnny Pons. He noticed the small animals at Pamela Vossi's home, where he had gone to look for items reportedly taken during a burglary.

Vossi was not at home when Pons said he found the dogs malnourished, infested with fleas and some that had signs of eye infections. The dogs were removed from the property, taken to a veterinarian for evaluation and treatment, then placed in protective custody at the county's Animal Control Shelter.

A small balck and white dog was named Johnny by animal caregivers to acknowledge Pons' part in rescuing the animals.

Sheriff's spokesman Capt. Brad Smith said the veterinarian determined the dogs all showed evidence of severe neglect.

Five days later, Vossi went to the shelter to claim the animals and was arrested and charged with cruelty to animals and dealing in stolen property.

Vossi was in court Wednesday and a few minutes before a hearing on permanent custody of the dogs was scheduled to begin, she agreed to sign away her rights to the animals, Smith said.

The six dogs, along with 25 other animals from other cases, are now available for adoption at the Bradford County Animal Control Shelter.

For more information on the animals available for adoption, call 904-964-9200 or visit the shelter’s Facebook page at Bradford County Animal Shelter.

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