Witnesses: NY vet office ignores starving puppy on doorstep

UPDATE - The Erie County (NY) SPCA reported on Friday that the puppy, named Metro, was in guarded condition. Here is the update from SPCA chief veterinarian Dr. Helene Chevalier: "This morning, the puppy's temperature is within normal limits. She is brighter, can stand, and is eating well on her controlled diet. We will continue to monitor through bloodwork the functioning of her internal organs. She continues to be supported medically through heating pads, IV fluids, vitamin supplements, and a diet particularly for starvation cases. She is severely emaciated, scoring only a 1 out of 9 body score. Over the weekend, we will attempt to remove support systems to find if she is able to thermal regulate and remain hydrated on her own. We are hopeful."

SPCA animal cruelty investigation officers are currently investigating the case. Anyone with information on Metro is encouraged to contact SPCA Director of Animal Cruelty Investigations Jeff Eyre at 716-629-3525. The SPCA also welcomes donations for Metro's care. Click here for details.

The SPCA also said the individual from the clinic did call to report the dog on Wednesday, but that he identified himself as a maintenance worker not authorized to care for an aniimal (and he didn't call clinic operator Dr. Hector Anderson why?)

Veterinary Oath:

Being admitted to the profession of veterinary medicine, I solemnly swear to use my scientific knowledge and skills for the benefit of society through the protection of animal health, the relief of animal suffering, the conservation of livestock resources, the promotion of public health and the advancement of medical knowledge.

I will practice my profession conscientiously, with dignity and in keeping with the principles of veterinary medical ethics.

I accept as a lifelong obligation the continual improvement of my professional knowledge and competence.

What would you do if you found a starving puppy on your door step? Take it to a vet. Hopefully, that's what we'd all do. It was exactly what two kind-hearted paramedics came to the rescue of a starving pit bull puppy abandoned in a Buffalo parking lot on Wednesday.

The temperatures were below freezing and the puppy was so weak she could barely lift her head off the pavement.

They shouldn't have had to take it very far. After all, the parking lot was at a veterinarian's office.

Here's the shocker, when the paramedics knocked on the door Anderson Inner City Animal Hospital., a man answered and said he knew about the dog and had called the SPCA. Then he slammed the door.

"It was very heartbreaking to see just how thin, weak, and how cold she was to the touch," the paramedics' supervisor told WIVB-TV.  "They were very saddened, but very happy to see us bring the puppy in, instead of just leaving it there."

It wasn't the first time that same vet's office shut its door on a needy animal.

In 2009, "Kenny," a malnourished cocker spaniel, lay outside the hospital for over 24 hours before anyone even called the SPCA. The dehydrated dog had to be euthanized three days later. The SPCA filed a complaint against the clinic's operator Dr. Hector Anderson.

Where's New York State's Veterinary Medical Board today?