Sunday, November 15, 2009

Local Hunters Receive Commendations for Rescuing Dog in Desperate Need

Dog Federation Of New York salutes trio of Saratoga-area men who saved Daisy’s life

Albany, NY – November 16, 2009 - The Dog Federation of New York (DFNY) today issued letters of commendation and thanks to Ed Dandaraw, Tom Peters and Kevin McCauliffe, the Saratoga-area deer hunters whose quick response to a pet’s dire distress saved her life. Dandaraw was hunting on his property with his two companions when he came across the cruelly taped and bound beagle. Daisy had been covered with duct tape, wrapped in a plastic garbage bag, and left to die in a swampy, remote area on Dandaraw’s property. She had been missing from home for two weeks.

Because of the difficult terrain, the men needed to use a four-wheeler to get the dog to safety. A former beagle owner himself, Dandaraw took the dog to his own veterinarian and was prepared to provide Daisy with a new home if her owners could not be located. Happily, the dog’s distraught family was quickly identified and Daisy is back home, responding well to treatment and gaining weight steadily.

“On behalf of dog lovers everywhere, we want to express our gratitude to Ed Dandaraw, Tom Peter and Kevin McCauliffe,” commented DFNY spokesperson Mahlon Goer. “Without their quick thinking and commitment to saving her life, Daisy would have died.”

A confirmed animal lover who owns goats, chickens and a cat, Dandaraw describes himself and his hunting companions as “regular people” who didn’t hesitate when help was needed. “The day we rescued that little dog was one of the best days of my life.”

The Saratoga County Sheriff's Department is in charge of the investigation of the crime, and persons with information are asked to contact the Department at (518) 885-6761. Because Daisy’s veterinary needs have been addressed and she is recuperating well, the Dog Federation of New York suggests that dog and animal lovers wishing to make a contribution consider a donation to the local animal shelter of their choice.

About the Dog Federation of New YorkThe Dog Federation of New York is a statewide coalition of dog clubs and organizations that serves the public interest by educating citizens and legislators on responsible dog ownership and advocating for strong, and humane dog-related legislation. The Dog Federation of New York welcomes all dog owners and dog-related organizations in New York. On the web at


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Ellen said...

Since I have seen no update on this investigation, and the dog was allowed to remain breathing (suggests familiarity and guilt as well as severe psychological impairment), I wonder if all family members have been examined for this horrific crime? And a very big "thank you" to those guys wandering around out there.

The only New York organization dedicated to protecting the rights of caring dog owners said...

As far as we know, there have been no arrests in this case despite intense public interest.

Baseless speculation as to possible perpetrators is just that: uninformed and without basis in fact.

Finally: the three gentlemen involved in saving the life of that suffering dog were not "guys wandering around." They were hunting deer.