Case of animal abuse?

Updated: 04/30/2014 5:18 PM
Created: 04/30/2014 5:00 PM WHEC.com
By: Rebecca Fath

News10NBC heard from a lot of people via email, wondering if a dog in a Rochester backyard is being treated properly. People saw the dog outside a home at the corner of Harris and Athens Streets, near Clifford Avenue.

News10NBC started getting the emails about this Tuesday night. We’ve received more than two dozen calls to action. News10NBC went out to take a look and spoke with everyone involved.

Koby is a pit bull who many residents became concerned about after a picture was posted on Facebook showing Koby tied out in the rain.

Michael Jones, owner, said, “The dog chooses not to go in the dog house. He likes to stand in the rain, but he does not stay outside overnight.”

Tuesday night, owner Michael Jones says someone tried to take Koby. That someone is Rob Nugent. Nugent admits he tried to help the dog and says he doesn’t regret it.

Rob Nugent said, “I never went there with the intentions to take the dog, it is just it was pouring and the dog was shivering.  I just couldn't leave it.”

Humane Society officials say never take these situations into your own hands. 

Officer Bob Benedict, Humane Society of Greater Rochester, said, “If it looks like an animal is in jeopardy, the best thing to do is call 911, have a police officer come down and evaluate the situation. They will pass on any information they get to us and we'll work in conjunction with them.”

The nonprofit group, PAWS, which helps people care for their animals has donated a brand, new dog house for Koby.

Crews at PAWS say they’ll work on getting a new collar for him as well. They say they’ll also educate owners on a different treatment plan.

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