Saturday, March 14, 2015

TLC Grooming Plus by Tammy Pokigo

Tammy Pokigo, owner of TLC Boarding and Grooming, was issued a "No Animal Order" by Town of Cheektowaga Judge Timothy Dwan on Thursday.
The order bars Pokigo from owning, harboring, or having any custodial control of any animals. No expiration was given on the order. In addition, Judge Dwan ordered monthly SPCA inspections of her home in North Buffalo.
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The 53-year-old pet groomer pleaded not guilty to 12 counts of animal neglect and abuse by neglect. Three weeks ago, the SPCA, acting on a tip, seized 22 dogs and cats from TLC Grooming Plus, which she operates on Genesee in Cheektowaga. At the time, they were living in filth, according to the SPCA of Erie County.“We’re still treating some of the animals. There were some pretty severe eye infections, a couple ear infections. There was some malnourishment and we’re working on those on a case-by-case basis,” said SPCA Spokeswoman Gina Browning.Browning said when some of the dogs first came in they were shaking in fear, but in the last few weeks, they’ve even grown socially.“It’s exciting to see this turnaround. You never know if that’s going to happen,” she said.Four of the animals were returned to their owners, but the SPCA has asked for a bond from Pokigo to help pay for the remaining 18 that are still under the care of the SPCA or foster families.
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An anonymous tip led the SPCA to the site. Investigator Bill Heine first stopped at the grooming and boarding facility to speak with the owner.“She reluctantly let me inside, found a lot of dogs covered in feces, kennels hadn’t been cleaned in a while,” he said.Heine said the owner explained the mess by saying it was a long weekend and she hadn’t been able to get all the cleaning done. But he said the dogs had been living in the filth for much longer than a weekend.“The kennels were dirty, the smell was horrible, and the dogs were living in bad conditions,” said Heine.The mess may have accumulated over longer span of time than a weekend, but that’s all it took to make one dog incredibly sick. A veterinarian says Saber, an 8-year-old Husky, got a checkup on August 28, before his stay, and afterwards was so ill that he may not live.“The dog had a healthy checkup on 28th of August in preparation for boarding and his status dramatically changed between then and now,” said Town and Country Animal Clinic Veterinarian Dr. Amy Leach.Saber was returned to his owner, Dennis Potozniak, and since then has stayed at Town and Country Animal Clinic, where he has suffered seizures and had to receive blood transfusions. Potozniak says Saber was dehydrated.“If you would have asked me on Labor Day evening, I didn’t think we were going to have him after that. I thought he was going to have to get put down because he was so sick,” he said. Above quote and full article containing more info from