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February 6, 2013

Dogs rescued from Lockport puppy mill will begin leaving shelter today


Tonawanda News — Bell said for the second day in a row, the shelter was swamped with folks looking to help the animals.

“(Tuesday) has been another amazing day,” he said. “We’ve had a constant stream of people dropping off food and cash and (other items we need). This is the way it’s supposed to be.”

Despite being the products of a puppy mill, Bell said all of the dogs did well in behavioral testing. He said when folks chose their new pets, they’ll be pleased.

“They are all very well behaved,” Bell said. “They are all cute dogs. There are no bad choices here.”

Bell said the local shelter has been helped by a wide range of animal rescue groups and volunteers.

“All the local rescue groups have been calling to help, which is a big change from before,” he said. “The outpouring of support has been tremendous.”

While her former dogs found new homes, Magrum, 50, 6603 Royal Parkway South, was making an appearance in Lockport Town Court. On Tuesday, investigators from the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office, the Town of Lockport Dog Warden and the SPCA charged her with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and one count of cruelty to animals. 

Magrum pleaded not guilty to the charges and was released on her own recognizance.

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