December 2, 2014
By: Gina Browning, Director of Public Relations

Watch Dori's video

UPDATE, APRIL 24, 2015:
Shelly Breier  was sentenced today in Buffalo City Court. She received one year conditional discharge, monthly inspections by the SPCA for one year, an order to acquire no additional pets for one year, and is ordered to pay the SPCA restitution, pay court surcharges, and perform 100 hours of community service. See photos of Dori, below! 

UPDATE, APRIL 20, 2015:
Shelly Breier  was scheduled to appear in Buffalo City Court at 2:00 pm today for sentencing. The sentencing has been adjourned until Friday, April 24. Please keep watching YourSPCA.org for further details. See all-new photos of Dori at home, below! 

Shelly Breier pled guilty to a Class A misdemeanor in Buffalo City Court this morning in the animal cruelty case concerning Dori, the matted dog. Sentencing will be in March. Ronald Breier received an ACD with 75 hours community service.  SPCA Executive Director Barbara Carr says ideally, the Breiers will not be allowed to own pets and will be ordered to rehome the animals on the premises. At the very least, Carr hopes for close monitoring of any animals the Breiers may be allowed to own.

The Breiers are scheduled to appear again in Buffalo City Court January 23.

UPDATE, December 29, 2014: HAPPY NEW YEAR TO DORI!
It's a whole new start for Dori, on her way home today with Sally Schrett of Tonawanda (photo left)!  
To everyone throughout not just the country but the WORLD, thank you for caring so much about Dori! Thank you for every card, every gift, every prayer, every donation towards her care...there is no doubt Dori survived thanks to all of you! 2015 will be the happiest year ever for at least one little dog! At this time, the Breiers are still scheduled to appear in Buffalo City Court January 12. Watch Dori's adoption day video with her new mom and the SPCA Director of Behavior and Training, Barbara Frazier, here!

UPDATE, December 18, 2014:
Ronald and Shelly Breier of Milford Avenue in Buffalo, each charged with one count of animal cruelty in the case of Dori, the neglected dog with four pounds of mats, appeared in Buffalo City Court this morning in front of Judge James McCleod. They arrived without representation, and are scheduled to return to court Monday, January 12, 9:30 am.

UPDATE, December 16, 2014: See Dori's video here.


UPDATE, December 9, 2014: See Dori's video update here.

UPDATE, December 3, 2014: See Dori's December 3 video update here. You can also read her update in today's Buffalo News. 


SPCA Serving Erie County/New York State Peace Officer Jessica Coughlin has charged Ronald and Shelly Breier, of Milford Avenue in Buffalo, with one count each of animal cruelty.

Early yesterday morning Coughlin responded to a call from Buffalo Police, on the scene at the Milford Avenue residence. While police officers were responding to an unrelated call there, they were told a "dead dog" was in the basement, and contacted the SPCA Serving Erie County. 

Upon arriving at the residence, Coughlin took to the basement and saw something she couldn't identify blocked off in a corner of the basement. "I didn't know what I was looking at," says Coughlin. "I thought it was simply a ball of fur. There was no movement. I couldn't tell if it was an animal, and if so, what kind of animal it was. I couldn't tell one end from the other, couldn't tell if whatever the animal was was alive or dead."

Upon determining that the ball of fur was, in fact, a severely-matted dog unable to move but still breathing, Coughlin rushed her to the SPCA's 205 Ensminger Road, Tonawanda shelter, where she was admitted at 1:40 am December 1. They were met there by SPCA Veterinary Technician Lisa Laufer, who performed as much of an examination as possible through the pounds of mats. She was unable to get a temperature on the dog, but did hear a heartbeat. The dog, now named Dori, weighed 11 pounds at the time of admission. She was also given pain medication, and rested as much as possible the rest of the night.

At 2:00 pm yesterday in the SPCA's onsite infirmary, Dori was sedated and SPCA employee Joan Phinney carefully shaved the mats, which took approximately two and a half hours (see video here; scroll for additional photos). She also received a preliminary examination by the SPCA's Dr. Lisa Kerwin.  According to SPCA Veterinarian Dr. Helene Chevalier, twine was found embedded into Dori's left hind paw; the twine had worked itself through the soft tissue and was starting to work its way into the bone. The twine was starting to crush Dori's toes, breaking one of them. Dori was underweight, and also suffers from ear infections and damaged eyes. Once shaved, Dori weighed in at 7 pounds; 34% of Dori's admission weight included four pounds of mats. She is thought to be an older adult, either a purebred or mixed Shih Tzu.

Dori was surrendered to the SPCA by her owners and at this time remains in the care of the SPCA's veterinary team.

The Breiers are scheduled to appear in Part II of Buffalo City Court Thursday, December 18, 9:30 am. Keep watching YourSPCA.org or The SPCA Serving Erie County, NY on Facebook  for continuing information on this case.

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 DORI, December 1, 2014:

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DORI, December 2, 2014:



DORI, December 29, 2014...GOING TO HER NEW HOME TODAY!!

April 19, 2015: Dori, relaxing at home!


Those who witness a situation that might constitute
cruelty and/or violence toward animals in Erie County,
including animals left outdoors with inappropriate
shelter in yards, are encouraged to report the
circumstances to the SPCA Serving Erie County:
716-875-7360 or cruelty@yourspca.org.