Plymouth DCO tells his side of the story

PLYMOUTH – The Plymouth Dog Control Officer, Matthew Bates, reached out to tell his side of the story about what’s been circulating pertaining to Rocki the rottweiler, a dog recently euthanized by a local veterinary clinic. Chenango County Sheriff’s Lieutenant Richard Cobb additionally provided details about the investigation.

According to Bates, it was approximately 5 p.m. on May 24, 2014, when he first received a call of a dog lying on the side of Plymouth Reservoir Hill Road.



“As soon as I got the complaint, I headed right up there to see what was going on with the dog,” said Bates. “While en route to the complaint, I received another call on the same dog. When I got to the location, there was a dog lying in the road looking around. There was also a lady that lived nearby with the dog.”

Bates said the woman had no idea why the dog was in the road. He continued by saying the first thing he did was make sure the dog was not a victim of a car accident, and he determine the dog had not been hit by a car.

“After checking to make sure the dog was okay,” said Bates, “I got the dog up on his own and he walked back on the property where he resided. I did notice a little bunch on the dog’s shoulder, but after checking it out, the dog was in no pain when I touched it.”


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