Karma with Zimmerman
object allegedly used to strike puppy
NIAGARA FALLS, NY-A Niagara Falls man, once a suspect in a previous case of abusing an puppy, has been arrested in connection with a similar case.
Lee Jones, 23, is charged with aggravated animal cruelty, a felony. The Niagara County SPCA says a Rural Metro employee was in a patient's home Monday morning when she heard the screams from a small dog outside the 28th St. residence.
Sarah Zimmerman and her partner ran outside and said they saw Jones holding the puppy off the ground and repeatedly hitting it in the head with a blunt object. When Jones dropped the to the ground, it ran across to the Rural Metro employees. Zimmerman picked it up and refused to turn it over until the police arrived. When asked what he was doing and why, Zimmerman said he told her the dog "needed to be disciplined."
Neighbors told police they had heard cries from the six-week -ld puppy before, but were too afraid to speak up. The SPCA says earlier this year, Jones was questioned in the case of an abused 8-week old puppy named "Gladys". The animal was found by two Modern Disposal employees in late April with a broken jaw and severely swollen face. At the time, Jones told Niagara Falls Police he had sold the puppy several days before it was discovered and no evidence was found linking him to the incident.
As for the condition of the puppy dubbed "Karma", spokersperson Amy Lewis says she is doing well considering all she has been through. Lewis says the pup shows some signs of previous abuse including abrasions to her head and hind legs as well as urine burns on her stomach. She will be placed in foster care with Zimmerman, who has expressed interest in adopting her.
"We are so glad that Sarah and her partner stepped forward and didn't just drive away as they so easily could've done," said Lewis. "Thanks to Zimmerman, "Karma" will no longer have to endure that violence, she is safe and sound now and will have the home she deserves."