To the editor:
Last Wednesday night our mother and her dog were viciously attacked by two large dogs outside her home on Pontiac Street. She sustained numerous injuries including a concussion, lacerated elbow, sprained wrist as well as multiple cuts and bruises over her back, legs and arms. Her 11-year-old terrier mix, Jake, remains in very serious condition in the Lake Placid Animal Hospital under 24-hour care. We are hopeful that he will pull through.
If it weren't for her neighbor Kathleen Conzano, who bravely came to her assistance, the outcome could have been much worse. Ms. Conzano risked her own safety and well being when she heard our mother's screams and cries. She managed to help her get Jake away from the attacking dogs and brought them both bleeding and shaken into her home with the dogs in pursuit.
It is a sad truth that we live in a day and age where people often choose not to get involved. Thankfully, this sentiment never crossed Ms. Conzano's mind when she came to my mother's assistance. We are extremely grateful and appreciative for her caring and brave act.
We would also like to thank the emergency room staff at the Adirondack Medical Center who took such good care of our injured mother. Additionally, Dr. Alison Flanigan at the Lake Placid Animal Hospital deserves praise. She didn't hesitate to respond to the emergency call for Jake at 11 o'clock at night and opened her office to care for him.
Although this was a terrifying and traumatic situation, it is good to know that we have people in our community who are still willing to step up and do the right thing.
Suzanne Rice and Barbara Rice