Two local businesses raise money for abandoned puppies

SARANAC LAKE – A pair of local businesses have raised a combined $1,420 to help care for more than a dozen puppies that were found abandoned in Plattsburgh earlier this month.

Smokey’s BBQ 911, a mobile barbecue business, donated all their proceeds from Aug. 8 to the fund. Smokey’s customers were more than generous, not only purchasing food but adding individual donations to the cause and collecting a total of $1,220. Heath’s Auto Repair also donated $200 to the fund.

Smokey’s BBQ 911 visited Eagle’s Nest Veterinary Clinic in Plattsburgh, which has provided care to some of the puppies, on Tuesday and presented the two checks to Dr. Eric Eaglefeather and Dr. Rebecca King.

Plattsburgh City Police have charged Michael Staley with 24 counts of animal abandonment for leaving the two dozen puppies at various locations around Plattsburgh on Aug. 2. He’s pleaded not guilty.

Staley allegedly tried to get rid of the animals from Northern Puppies, the pet shop owned by his wife Tammy Staley, after her license to sell kittens and puppies was suspended following an inspection of the business that led to animal cruelty charges against her.

Police say 19 of the 24 puppies have been found and that all but one of those 19 have been adopted.