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May 14, 2019 - 3:54pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, news, animals.

CSX has called dispatchers to report horses near the tracks at Wilkinson Road, Batavia.

A dispatcher has contacted several residents in the area who are known to have horses and the ones contacted say their horses are safe.

A trooper has been dispatched to another residence where dispatchers have been unable to make contact.

May 11, 2019 - 12:52pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in DeWitt Recreation Area, batavia, news, animals, outdoors, wildlife.


Photo submitted by Dylan Brew.

March 7, 2019 - 4:19pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in horses, animals, Bethany, news.


Horses in a snow-covered field off East Road in Bethany earlier this afternoon.

February 1, 2019 - 11:55am
posted by Howard B. Owens in pets, animals, news, batavia.


Nick Kabalan found this pooch in the area of Cedar Street and Ellicott Street, Batavia, this morning. He has the dog. If it's yours, call (585) 297-9642.

January 17, 2019 - 10:54am
posted by Howard B. Owens in pets, animals, batavia, news.


Bandit is on the run. He took off from his home on East Avenue around 4:45 p.m., Tuesday. He was last seen on Stringham Drive.

Tyler Fales would like him to come home. If you can help, call (585) 329-0035.

January 9, 2019 - 8:37am
posted by Howard B. Owens in batavia, news, animals, outdoors.


Here's something you don't see every day: A ring-necked pheasant in the city.

Joanne Fleming spotted the bird by Pizza Hut yesterday afternoon.

November 8, 2018 - 12:47pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in animals, pets, nets, batavia.


A WBTA listener found this dog near Ellicott Street Road and Shepard Road, Batavia, and is hoping to find the owner.

The dog is described as friendly.

If you're the owner, the person who found the dog can be reached at (585) 813-2336 or (585) 356-3438.

UPDATE Friday, Nov. 9: Reader Doug Dielgelman wrote to tell us the "owner of awesome black and white dog located and is back home."

October 8, 2018 - 8:39pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, animals, Pully's Farm Market, Le Roy, news.


Three goats at Pully's Farm Market in Le Roy this afternoon stick their heads through the fence of their pasture to chew on grass on the other side, which is apparently greener and tastier.

Below, a tractor on a little bump of a hill next to the parking lot at Pully's.


September 18, 2018 - 11:04am
posted by Howard B. Owens in pets, animals, news, batavia.


Bryan Lazarony thinks this kitten is missing a home. He found it on Chandler Avenue, across from UMMC. It has no tags or collar.  

The kitten's owner can call or text (585) 813-5745.

September 16, 2018 - 4:36pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in animals, turkeys, byron, news.


Ed Glow shared this photo of a rafter of turkeys about 30 yards from his home on Merrill Road in Byron.

He said he first saw a tom and three hens and a few young birds about three weeks ago. They reappeared a couple of days ago and he figures the young ones have doubled in size since then.

He counted 21 birds total. 

"Almost makes me want to start hunting again," Glow said.

September 13, 2018 - 9:15am
posted by Howard B. Owens in pets, animals, corfu, news.


Pistol has been missing from the Indian Falls Road area of Corfu since Tuesday.

He's a friendly pooch and greatly missed at home.

If you find him or know where he is, call Tom (585) 233-0095 or Danielle (585) 356-5592.

September 3, 2018 - 1:21pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in animals, pets, news, batavia.

A caller reports a dog locked in a car at Home Depot on Veterans Memorial Drive, Batavia.

The vehicle is a dark-color Suzuki.

Animal Control is responding. 

The current temperature is 87 degrees.

UPDATE 1:31 p.m.: An animal control officer spoke with the caller. The vehicle has left Home Depot.

August 23, 2018 - 7:28pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in photos, Oakfield, news, horses, animals.


Driving through Oakfield this afternoon, I spotted this horse atop a hill and the Plymouth parked by a barn on Lockport Road.



August 19, 2018 - 1:35pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in bear, animals, outdoors, Alabama, news.


Reader Chris Brush says he and his family were heading to church this morning when they spotted a black bear off Judge Road, Alabama.

"We were passing by a cornfield on the north side of the road between Gorton and Maple when we saw the bear. Looked as though he was wanting to cross the road to the south side of 63. We turned around to see if he was still there, and found him about 10-15 yards from the edge of the road."

The map, he says, is of the approximate area where they saw the bear.  

August 10, 2018 - 2:13pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in animals, pets, news, batavia.

A dog was reportedly stuck under the foundation of a house at 3810 Pike Road, Batavia.

Town of Batavia fire responded and the dog was just extricated.

Apparently, some ground gave way near the foundation.

Animal Control was also dispatched.

July 20, 2018 - 6:03pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in 4-H, animals, agriculture, news, Livestock Auction.


Corinne Rhoads was a big hit with the crowd when it came time to auction off the chickens she had raised during the annual 4-H Club Livestock Auction at the Genesee County Fair.  Bidders purchased 112 animals during the charity auction, usually at prices well above market value, which included not just chickens, but goats, lambs, beef steers, dairy steers, and hogs.

William Kent Inc. conducted the auction.




Clare Mathers


Madelynn Pimm



Mya Grant


Hunter McCabe


Pete Broughton making a bid.


Bob Bowen, Circle B Winery, holds up his bidder number so the auctioneer can record his winning bid on an animal.


Audre Dorman


July 18, 2018 - 1:40pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in animals, DEC, news, notify, batavia, Lehigh Avenue.


A four-foot long alligator was found in a vacant building at 11 Lehigh Ave., on Monday, and picked up by Encon Officer Wilson.

The alligator was initially discovered by Batavia PD but spokesman Investigator Eric Hill said the report didn't indicate how an officer found out about the alligator.

A DEC spokeswoman said the Seneca Park Zoo agreed to house the animal temporarily until it can be relocated to a permitted facility.

The case is still under investigation and she said it's illegal in New York to possess any crocodilian family without permits.

The building's listed owner is RCT Corp. The Batavian emailed a person who might be associated with that company to see if we can get more information.

Photo by Linda Cotter​.

July 10, 2018 - 8:53pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in animals, batavia, Meadowbrook Golf Course, news.


At about 6 p.m., Deputy Travis Demuth and Sgt. Andrew Hale were dispatched to 4040 S. Main Street Road, Batavia, the Meadowbrook Golf Course, for a report of a doe stuck in a pond.

It turns out there are several ponds on the property and after checking nearly all of them, Hale was able to clarify that the caller was on the second hole when he reported the stuck doe.

A course manager located the doe and suggested it wasn't stuck but had been left at that location by the doe's mother while mother was feeding. Hale wanted to check the doe's health and started to walk into the pond when the doe bolted. The doe was clearly fine. It ran off into the woods.



July 9, 2018 - 4:15pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in Bethany, bears, animals, news.


The Genesee County Sheriff's Office reports that at 2:45 p.m. a black bear was spotted in the area of Putnam Road and Francis Road, Bethany.

Last week a bear was reported around the Village of Attica.

UPDATE 4:52 p.m.: Photo of the bear provided by the Sheriff's Office.

July 5, 2018 - 1:11pm
posted by Howard B. Owens in animals, batavia, news.

A caller is apparently distraught after hitting a raccoon with her car in the City of Batavia.

A dispatcher has asked an officer to stop and speak with her to calm her down and "let her know it's OK."

No location was given for the accident.

UPDATE 1:40 p.m.: About 10 minutes ago, the caller decided "she's moving on" after determining that she suffered no injuries and her vehicle is not damaged.

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