Demand Justice for Suffering Dog Left to Die


Target: Joseph A. McBride, Chenango County District Attorney

Goal: Demand justice for a suffering dog abandoned in the street by his owners and then refused medical attention by authorities

A Rottweiler named Rocki was suffering from bone cancer when his owners cruelly abandoned him in the street. When an kind stranger discovered him and contacted authorities, the dog warden coldly refused to help despite his responsibility to ensure any injured or suffering dogs found without an owner receive medical attention.

Rocki was discovered lying in the road in great pain and unable to move or even lift his head. He had a mass on his side that was bigger than a football. According to the unnamed man who discovered him the local sheriff’s department was immediately contacted and the Plymouth dog warden, Matt Bates, was allegedly assigned to the case but failed to arrive at the location.

Bates allegedly later told the man to take Rocki home instead of to a veterinary facility. Rocki spent four days suffering unimaginable pain at the man’s house, unable to eat or drink on his own and urinating and defecating on himself. The man’s neighbor claims Bates threatened to have them both arrested if they took Rocki to a veterinarian and refused repeated requests to come see the dying dog.

After an almost week-long ordeal, the man brought the poor animal to Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital despite Bates’ threats. Veterinary staff discovered that Rocki appeared to have a broken back in addition to his cancer. They were able to contact the owner, probably from scanning Rocki for a microchip, and allegedly discovered that Bates has a personal relationship with the woman. Hours later Rocki’s suffering was finally ended.

Demand justice for Rocki and urge the District Attorney to launch an investigation into the misconduct, neglect and abuse by Bates and Rocki’s owner.


Dear Mr. McBride,

On May 24 of this year a Rottweiler dog dying from bone cancer and a broken back was found abandoned in the streets of Plymouth. When contacted the Plymouth dog warden allegedly chose to ignore his job responsibilities and refused to help the poor animal.

When the dog was discovered he was unable to move and had a large mass on his side. According to the man who found him, dog warden Matt Bates was assigned to the case but never arrived. Bates later allegedly told the man to take the dog home and threatened to have him and his neighbor arrested if they took him to a veterinarian. They claim Bates refused repeated requests to come see the dog, who suffered for four long days unable to eat, drink, or move and continuously soiling himself.

The man finally chose to ignore Bates’ threats and brought the dog to Compassionate Care Veterinary Hospital. Staff were able to contact the owner, and shortly thereafter humanely ended the poor dog’s suffering. Allegations have arisen that Bates has a personal relationship with the dog’s owner; if true this no doubt affected his decision to refuse assistance.

I urge you to launch an investigation into the misconduct, neglect and cruelty allegedly committed by Bates and the dog’s owner to ensure Bates is never again able to cause animals such suffering.


[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Kare Sjoholm via Flickr

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  1. Absolutely disgusting.

  2. Evelyn Ball says:

    Those humans deserve to suffer and die like that poor dog did!!!

  3. People need to vote unacting authorities and officials acting irresponsibly to future generations and living creatures out of occupations ONCE AND FOR ALL!





  5. What in Gods name could the purpose be of allowing this poor dog to suffer so badly& threatening the guy who wanted to help….The person(s) responsible for the perpetraton of this must be dealt with & made to be accountable for their disgustion actions (or lack of). It’s about time the welfare of animals was taken seriously….If we are supposed to be the enlightened species, I fear for humanity!!!

  6. I would just like to hear this warden’s reason for not wanting anyone to help this poor dog and leaving him to die on the street!!! Obviously, of course, nothing would justify it – but I would just like to hear what in the name of God it was!!! I just read back through the article and saw that it was something to do with Bates having a personal relationship with the dog’s owner – he should be fired for letting that get in the way of his duty to a poor suffering animal! Thank God for the kind man who stood by Rocky and got him help!

  7. Anneliese says:

    Fire him. Ban him and the owner from ever working with or owning animals.

  8. Carli Gaetano says:

    That officer should be FIRED and fined for letting the poor dog suffer and threatening his “power” over a Good Samaritan. Shame on that police officer and his reasonings and shame shame shame on the owner. Both the owner and officer Bated should be fined!

  9. richard matthews says:

    Just another day in the Age of Insanity, the police state run amok with cruel fools like the warden more interested in his own power than in needless suffering. No doubt a good Republican who voted for George Bush. carry on, kind Officer. You’re Plymouth’s finest. the whole town is proud of your power, I’m sure.

  10. Alan Harper says:

    These people are scum and should be eliminated

  11. Drue Cali says:

    Unbelievable ! Especially Law Enforcement who should be upholding the law in all situations. Seems more and more uphold the law by personal preference now adays. With any luck maybe they will be hit by a truck as the cross the street. A mack truck ! That would be justice !

  12. Drue Cali says:

    Correction, Animal Control officers. Idiots !

  13. Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs…(They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – MAHATMA GANDHI

  14. Shelli Schmidt says:

    The owner & the dog warden sound like 1 & the same person, probably related & we’re subjected to further breeding from these losers..Can’t even rescue a animal in need, pat yourselves on the back for being the lowest form of human sludge.

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