Three charged with leaving sick dog

Three people were charged in the abandonment and mistreatment of this dog, which was abandoned on the Rail Trail in Johnstown. (Source: Fulton County Sheriff’s Facebook)

JOHNSTOWN –The Fulton County Sheriff’s Department on Thursday arrested three Gloversville residents in connection with a dog found abandoned on the Rail Trail.

A news release indicated two females and one male were charged following an abandoned animal complaint on the trail in the town of Johnstown.

Arrested for abandonment of an animal, a misdemeanor, were: Oliver D. Atkinson, 71, and Charlotte G. Layman, 74, both of 45 Burr St. A third suspect — dog owner Carole M. Colson, 69, of the same address — was charged with overdriving, torturing and injuring an animal, a misdemeanor.

Atkinson and Layman were issued appearance tickets for Johnstown Town Court, while Colson will appear later in Gloversville City Court.

“They said they couldn’t afford the dog,” Sheriff Richard Giardino said this morning, when asked about motive.

But the sheriff said that is not a good excuse because they are many places that will take dogs.

The release said that during an investigation, deputies determined that Layman and Atkinson walked the dog on the Rail Trail and left it abandoned. Deputies said that Colson, the dog’s owner, was charged after the sheriff’s office consulted with a local veterinarian about its current health condition.

Fulton County Sheriff’s Office is publicly thanking the Sacandaga Veterinary Clinic, Regional Animal Shelter, Gloversville Animal Control Officer Richard Schuyler and the public for assistance that led to the arrest of all subjects involved.

“The dog is currently being cared for and in good hands,” the release said.

Giardino said that the dog — a pit bull mix — is currently at the Regional Animal Shelter.

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.