A Sandusky police officer, Natalie Lambert, said in a report she and another officer were dispatched to the 600 block of East Lambert Street about 11 a.m. Tuesday on an anonymous call of starving dogs. Officers found the dogs, which were thin and lacked shelter. No food bowls were seen in the area.
Erie County’s dog warden, Barb Knapp, was called to the scene and took the dogs to the dog pound.
Court records show that Brinaldo Buford, 40, 600 block of East Market St., has pleaded not guilty to a charge of cruelty to animals. A Feb. 28 hearing date has been set.
Knapp said that Ma, a white pit bull-boxer mix, and Black, a pit bull who is the puppies’ father, and the three puppies were warmed up in the shelter, which has heated floors, and given blankets in their cages. They’ve also been fed and taken to the vet.
“They’ve very, very thin,” Knapp said. “The mother has no milk to feed the puppies, so the puppies were pretty much starving.”
When the dogs were taken to the vet, “the puppies ate like they were little piranhas,” Knapp said.
“One little pup is not doing as well as the other two,” Knapp reported. “We called the vet. We took a stool sample out to the vet. I’m wating to hear back.”