animals https://www.thebatavian.com/ en https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png animals https://www.thebatavian.com/ Local Matters © 2008-2023 The Batavian. All Rights Reserved. Mon, 24 Jun 2024 03:29:19 -0400 https://www.thebatavian.com/themes/barrio_batavian/images/thebatavian_logo.png Thu, 09 May 2024 21:53:00 -0400 Batavia PD releases safety tips after bear spotted in back yard on Vine Street https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/batavia-pd-releases-safety-tips-after-bear-spotted-in-back-yard-on-vine-street/639329
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Batavia PD has a timely reminder for city residents: Never approach a bear.

The warning comes after a Ring camera on a residence on Vine Street recorded a bear walking through backyard.

Other safety tips:

  • Secure food, garbage and recycling;
  • Do not leave pet food outside;
  • Remove bird feeders if you spot bears in your yard;

More tips regarding being bear-wise can be found on the DEC website.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/batavia-pd-releases-safety-tips-after-bear-spotted-in-back-yard-on-vine-street/639329#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/batavia-pd-releases-safety-tips-after-bear-spotted-in-back-yard-on-vine-street/639329 May 9, 2024, 9:53pm animals Batavia PD releases safety tips after bear spotted in back yard on Vine Street Howard Owens <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-05/screenshot_2024-05-08_160917_0.jpg?itok=V0BWRhnH" width="800" height="502" alt="bear on vine street batavia" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <p>Batavia PD has a timely reminder for city residents: Never approach a bear.</p><p>The warning comes after a Ring camera on a residence on Vine Street recorded a bear walking through backyard.</p><p>Other safety tips:</p><ul><li>Secure food, garbage and recycling;</li><li>Do not leave pet food outside;</li><li>Remove bird feeders</li></ul>
Photo: Porcupine in the woods in Alexander https://www.thebatavian.com/staff/photo-porcupine-in-the-woods-in-alexander/639094
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A reader submitted this photo and said Spencer Wuest took a picture of a porcupine this past weekend while walking in the woods in Alexander.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/staff/photo-porcupine-in-the-woods-in-alexander/639094#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/staff/photo-porcupine-in-the-woods-in-alexander/639094 Apr 19, 2024, 10:26am animals Photo: Porcupine in the woods in Alexander Staff <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-04/435255446_1483997172500904_1767848104504924385_n.jpg?itok=qp6015qs" width="800" height="1067" alt="porchipine" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <p>A reader submitted this photo and said Spencer Wuest took a picture of a porcupine this past weekend while walking in the woods in Alexander.</p>
Health Department seeking information on dog that bit person in Centennial Park https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/health-department-seeking-information-on-dog-that-bit-person-in-centennial-park Press release:

The Genesee County Health Department is seeking information about the location of a dog and its owner following a dog bite incident on Monday, April 1. The incident occurred at Centennial Park (151 State Street) in Batavia, NY. 

The owner was a middle-aged male with a reddish beard and black glasses. The dog involved in the incident was described as a black and tan German Shepard with a harness that was running loose in the park.   

The health department would like to locate the dog as soon as possible to confirm that it is healthy. This would indicate that the rabies virus would not have been transmitted at the time of the bite. 

If you have information about the location of the dog and its owner, please contact the Genesee County Health Department at 585-344-2580 ext. 5555.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/health-department-seeking-information-on-dog-that-bit-person-in-centennial-park#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/press-release/health-department-seeking-information-on-dog-that-bit-person-in-centennial-park Apr 11, 2024, 2:21pm animals Health Department seeking information on dog that bit person in Centennial Park Press Release <p>Press release:</p><blockquote><p>The Genesee County Health Department is seeking information about the location of a dog and its owner following a dog bite incident on Monday, April 1. The incident occurred at Centennial Park (151 State Street) in Batavia, NY.&nbsp;</p><p>The owner was a middle-aged male with a reddish beard</p></blockquote>
Photos: Albino squirrel in Batavia https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-albino-squirrel-in-batavia/638373
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Frank Capuano shared these photos he took of an albino squirrel who is a regular visitor to his yard in Batavia, sharing corn with his friends.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-albino-squirrel-in-batavia/638373#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-owens/photos-albino-squirrel-in-batavia/638373 Feb 20, 2024, 10:37am animals Photos: Albino squirrel in Batavia Howard Owens <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-02/1000010089frank-squirrel.jpg?itok=mdQ2w0Sp" width="800" height="1058" alt="albino squirrel" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div> <p>Frank Capuano shared these photos he took of an albino squirrel who is a regular visitor to his yard in Batavia, sharing corn with his friends.</p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2024-02/1000010172frank-squirrel.jpg?itok=IFvaRnzj" width="800" height="1067" alt="albino squirrel" class="image-style-large"> </div> </div>
Mockingbird a sanctuary for all creatures, take a tour at festival Oct. 7 https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/mockingbird-a-sanctuary-for-all-creatures-take-a-tour-at-festival-oct-7/636669
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Jonell Chudyk, with Gilbert, and Jon Tedd, with Anne, co founders of Mockingbird Farm Sanctuary in Byron, are preparing for the nonprofit's second annual Fall Festival with hopes to raise enough money to shore up their hay needs for the winter season.
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https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/mockingbird-a-sanctuary-for-all-creatures-take-a-tour-at-festival-oct-7/636669#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/jfbeck99272012/mockingbird-a-sanctuary-for-all-creatures-take-a-tour-at-festival-oct-7/636669 Sep 30, 2023, 8:05am animals Mockingbird a sanctuary for all creatures, take a tour at festival Oct. 7 jfbeck_99_272012 <figure role="group" class="caption caption-div"> <div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img alt="Barnaby and Anne" class="image-style-large" height="820" loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/2023-09/barnaby-and-anne.jpg?itok=_iQ6Hd_K" width="800"> </div> </div> <figcaption>Jonell Chudyk, with Gilbert, and Jon Tedd, with Anne, co founders of Mockingbird Farm Sanctuary in Byron, are preparing for the nonprofit's second annual Fall Festival with hopes to raise enough money to shore up their hay needs for the winter season.<br>Photo by Joanne Beck</figcaption> </figure>
Former owners of abandoned pit bulls admit to animal cruelty https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/former-owners-of-abandoned-pit-bulls-admit-to-animal-cruelty/625855

"Brad Pitt" can finally move into a new forever home after his former owners accepted plea deals in County Court today that include them surrendering ownership of the dog, who was found abandoned and feces-covered in an apartment in May.

"Brad Pitt" is the name given to the male pit bull after he was brought into the shelter. His female companion was in such poor health after being abandoned in Apt. 60, 337 Bank St., Batavia, that she had to be euthanized.

The two dogs had apparently been bred and then left in cages without food in the apartment by  Andrew A. Searight, 35, and Jerrtonia A. Scarbrough, 24.  By the time they were discovered, they were both near death.

Under terms of the plea agreement offered by District Attorney Kevin Finnell, Searight and Scarbrough entered guilty pleas to two counts of cruelty to animals under Ag and Markets Law in exchange for a one-year term of interim probation.  They must abide by all the terms of probation and perform 150 hours of community service.

If they successfully complete the program, they can return to court in December and plead guilty to misdemeanor charges, at which time they can be sentenced again to either a term of probation or up to a year in jail on each charge.

Legally, they cannot be prevented from ever owning animals again, but under the terms of the agreement, they will not be allowed to own animals while under the court's supervision.

Finnell said he thought Searight should be required to serve his community service in an animal shelter so that he might better understand the trauma to animals when they're mistreated, but he said he understood that shelters might be reluctant to take him on as a volunteer given his conviction.  

Judge Melissa Lightcap Cianfrini concurred but said whatever community service Searight takes on, he is to inform her and get her approval before proceeding.

She said she personally wanted to closely monitor his probation and community service.

Searight and Scarbrough came into court together with an infant in a carrier.  They now live in Niagara County, and their terms of probation will be supervised by Niagara County's probation department, but their community service will be monitored by Genesee Justice.

Searight admitted in court that he abandoned the dogs and failed to provide proper sustenance and care, leading to the death of one of the dogs.  He agreed to pay restitution for the medical care and shelter of the male dog.

Photo: File photo of "Brad Pitt" by Howard Owens.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/former-owners-of-abandoned-pit-bulls-admit-to-animal-cruelty/625855#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/former-owners-of-abandoned-pit-bulls-admit-to-animal-cruelty/625855 Jan 3, 2023, 7:09pm animals Former owners of abandoned pit bulls admit to animal cruelty Howard Owens <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/users/60/2022-12/img_1720bradpitt.jpg" width="460" height="345"> </div> </div> </p> <p>"Brad Pitt" can finally move into a new forever home after his former owners accepted plea deals in County Court today that include them surrendering ownership of the dog, who was found abandoned and feces-covered in an apartment in May.</p> <p><a href="https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/one-of-two-pitbulls-found-abandoned-in-apartment-in-good-health-while-mate-had-to-be">"Brad Pitt" is the name given</a> to the male pit</p>
Warrant issued for woman accused of letting dog OD after she fails to appear in court https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/warrant-issued-for-woman-accused-of-letting-dog-od-after-she-fails-to-appear-in-court A Batavia woman accused of allowing her dog, Oddey, access to narcotics, leading to emergency veterinarian treatment for overdoses three times, was a no-show in City Court on Thursday afternoon.

Cassandra Elmore may be in the hospital, acording to a friend who called court about four hours before Elmore's case was to be called, but City Court Judge Thomas Burns had no proof that the claim was true, so he issued a warrant for her arrest.

Elmore's court time was at 1:30 p.m., and there were several other cases then as well. Burns finally called her case at 2:40 p.m., and she was not in court. Her friend was informed that the court would require proof of Elmore's admission to a hospital -- a call an email or a fax from the hospital.  The court received no proof of the claim prior to her case being called.

According to police reports, Elmore showed up at veterinarian offices on May 21, May 25, and June 21 with Oddey unconscious.  

Investigators believe Oddey consumed cocaine on two of those occasions and either cocaine or another narcotic on the third.

Elmore, 30, a resident of River Street, Batavia, faces three counts of injuring an animal under New York Ag and Markets Law Section 353.

Previously:

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/warrant-issued-for-woman-accused-of-letting-dog-od-after-she-fails-to-appear-in-court#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/warrant-issued-for-woman-accused-of-letting-dog-od-after-she-fails-to-appear-in-court Aug 11, 2022, 7:09pm animals Warrant issued for woman accused of letting dog OD after she fails to appear in court Howard Owens <p>A Batavia woman accused of allowing her dog, Oddey, access to narcotics, leading to emergency veterinarian treatment for overdoses three times, was a no-show in City Court on Thursday afternoon.</p> <p>Cassandra Elmore may be in the hospital, acording to a friend who called court about four hours before Elmore's case</p>
Farm animal registry might be too time-consuming for city officials https://www.thebatavian.com/joanne-beck/farm-animal-registry-might-be-too-time-consuming-for-city-officials/613779

A suggestion from City Planning and Development Committee members may have seemed like a good idea for better controlling farm animals, but it’s on a proposed chopping block for City Council’s Monday meeting.

The planning committee was tasked last month to review city code for the keeping of farm animals within city property and make some recommendations for how to deal with specific issues on a city-wide scale.

Neighbor complaints about goats running loose on Burke Drive were, in large part, what drove council to take another look at the animal ordinance. The group wanted the planning committee also to review it since committee members -- including Code Enforcement Officer Doug Randall -- were more versed with city code details.

The committee recommended a limit of six chickens on any one property, and implementing a system — to create a paper trail and more tracking — to document what types of animal species, how many, and where they are located, for city residents.

It seemed like a good idea, and one that would let city officials know who had what at their properties, committee members had agreed.

However, after reviewing the recommendations with city staff and the attorney, “we respectfully disagree with the addition of section E,” City Manager Rachael Tabelski said in a memo to council.

“The intent of the new law was to restrict animal and fowl in the city and provide code enforcement clear and concise guidelines for citing violations,” Tabelski said. “The city does not have the staff or resources to create an animal registry, to tag, and track pre-existing animals. Therefore, and with respect to the PDC’s deliberation, I recommend that the City Council strike section E from the proposed code revision.”

If approved by council, the code revisions will revert back to City Council for consideration and to set a public heading to receive public feedback before considering a local law adoption.

That public hearing is to be set for 7 p.m. Sept. 12. Council's conference session is at 7 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers, City Hall.

File photo of Jill Turner of Batavia with some of her goats at a summer event. Neighbors have complained about the goats getting loose, and the smell of goats and chickens, prompting a City Council review of a farm animal ordinance in the city code. Photo by Joanne Beck.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/joanne-beck/farm-animal-registry-might-be-too-time-consuming-for-city-officials/613779#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/joanne-beck/farm-animal-registry-might-be-too-time-consuming-for-city-officials/613779 Aug 7, 2022, 8:05am animals Farm animal registry might be too time-consuming for city officials jfbeck_99_272012 <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/users/272012/2022-07/turner_and_kid_goats.jpg" width="460" height="563"> </div> </div> </p> <p>A suggestion from City Planning and Development Committee members may have seemed like a good idea for better controlling farm animals, but it’s on a proposed chopping block for City Council’s Monday meeting.</p> <p>The planning committee was tasked last month to review city code for the keeping of farm animals</p>
Photo: White deer spotted in Pavilion https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/photo-white-deer-spotted-in-pavilion/612947

Photo submitted by Jeff Maniace.

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https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/photo-white-deer-spotted-in-pavilion/612947#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/howard-b-owens/photo-white-deer-spotted-in-pavilion/612947 Jul 28, 2022, 11:06pm animals Photo: White deer spotted in Pavilion Howard Owens <p><div> <div class="field field--name-field-media-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img loading="lazy" src="https://www.thebatavian.com/sites/default/files/users/60/2022-07/whitedeerpavilion.jpg" width="460" height="282"> </div> </div> </p> <p><em>Photo submitted by&nbsp;Jeff Maniace.</em></p>
Farm animals occupy City Council chambers -- via discussion, that is https://www.thebatavian.com/joanne-beck/farm-animals-occupy-city-council-chambers-via-discussion-that-is/608268 Chickens in your backyard. Goats in the front. And donkeys? Who knows where they are.

Pretty much every living creature made it into City Council’s discussion about a restriction on certain animals and fowl during the group’s Monday meeting.

A proposed local law stems from a council meeting in January, and a request to research potential restrictions on animals and fowl in the city. Apparently some types of these creatures — chickens and goats in particular — have raised a bit of a ruckus in their neighborhoods.

“One of the issues that recently came up was, one of our neighbors has goats … and they're literally running around our neighborhood. They’ve been able to escape a number of times and might go across the street,” Councilman John Canale said during the meeting at City Hall. “Now, any animal is capable of charging someone at any time. But now we have horned animals running loose in the neighborhood. Animal control said ‘my hands are tied, there’s nothing I can do.’  A number of my neighbors are very concerned about their safety … we could have some neighbors that might possibly get hurt. That was my concern. Now it becomes kind of a safety issue.”

He asked about a clause in the law requiring that animals are properly housed. That means the animals must be penned appropriately, do not accumulate feces, cause odor or live in an unsightly or unsafe condition, Council President Eugene Jankowski said. If goats are running loose, then they are not being properly housed, Jankowski said.

Some council members wondered why anyone wants to keep goats in the city anyway. Canale said that, for example, he knows a young girl who is in 4-H and raises animals including goats.

There are rules for dogs, but not for goats, Jankowski said. Although it might be easy to come up with a laundry list of restrictions for these situations, Jankowski didn’t want to see that happen.

“I’m not for making a plethora of codes for every little thing,” he said. “But, unfortunately, it might be something we have to do … if they start to encroach on other people’s property.”

As for the goat that got loose, the animal control officer did some quick thinking on his feet. He cornered the animal at the front porch, got ahold of it and brought it back to its rightful home over a fence.

As for donkeys, and other cloven-hoofed animals, equine or fowl, those are restricted from being kept within the city limits. City Manager Rachael Tabelski’s research reviewed other cities, including Geneva, Canandaigua, Jamestown, Elmira, and Lockport. All of those areas have code restrictions “on animals in a variety of forms,” her memo to council said.

“With help from the code enforcement office and the city attorney, attached are the proposed restrictions to animals for City Council to consider,” the memo stated, including cattle, horses, sheep, goats, pigs, llamas, alpacas, ducks, turkeys, geese, feral cats, donkeys, ponies, mules and any other farm or wild animal within city limits.

Exceptions would be chickens in appropriate housing, transporting animals to and from race tracks, special events with an approved event application, and animals in transit through the city.

Council agreed to pass the law on to the City Planning Board for further discussion. Council members also hope that the public will provide feedback about the issue of atypical city occupants — primarily farm animals — living right next door.

“That’s what the planning board is for,” Jankowski said. “I think most people will see this as reasonable. I think it’s great that we have these healthy discussions.”

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https://www.thebatavian.com/joanne-beck/farm-animals-occupy-city-council-chambers-via-discussion-that-is/608268#comments https://www.thebatavian.com/joanne-beck/farm-animals-occupy-city-council-chambers-via-discussion-that-is/608268 Jun 14, 2022, 8:15am animals Farm animals occupy City Council chambers -- via discussion, that is jfbeck_99_272012 <p>Chickens in your backyard. Goats in the front. And donkeys? Who knows where they are.</p> <p>Pretty much every living creature made it into City Council’s discussion about a restriction on certain animals and fowl during the group’s Monday meeting.</p> <p>A proposed local law stems from a council meeting in January</p>