Dogs Rescued From November Fire Remain In Vet Care

Mia, left, and Milkyway pictured at the Jamestown Veterinarian Hospital after they were rescued from a fire in November. Submitted photos

Two dogs rescued from a structure fire in November that garnered widespread community attention remain in veterinary care.

The animals, Mia and Milkyway, have been kept at the Jamestown Veterinarian Hospital following the Nov. 16 blaze at 12 Mt. Vernon Place. Mia, a toy poodle, required the most care after she was found by firefighters with open sores and a large cyst on her abdomen.

Since then, the pair has won the hearts of staff at the veterinary hospital and those following their progress on social media and in the news.

Mia and Milkyway have received new sweaters with “free treats all day long,” the veterinary hospital posted on its Facebook page.

“They’re running around right now,” said Chris Dalziel, a receptionist at the hospital, on Tuesday. “They are such cute dogs. We all love them; they’re adorable.”

Three Jamestown residents– 31-year-old David M. Wright, 39-year-old William L. Wright, and 40-year-old Lisa Bortz — were charged with animal cruelty after the dogs were found in the burning home. Mia and Milkyway are being kept at the veterinary hospital until the court case is resolved, Jamestown police said.

According to Greg Fye, city animal control officer, the dogs could be put up for adoption, depending on the case outcome. The city typically takes animals in similar situations to Pick of the Litter in Falconer.

On Monday, David Wright was charged with two counts each of second-degree arson and second-degree criminal mischief after fire investigators alleged he intentionally set fire to the Mt. Vernon Place property and at 24 Phillips St. in January where he was residing since the November blaze.

“Arson is not only a crime that affects occupants of the home but also to the first responders and surrounding buildings and their occupants,” said Capt. Robert Samuelson of the Jamestown Police Department. “The motive on this particular case was somewhat unusual as the suspect was targeting his own homes. We have seen this on a few occasions here in Jamestown, and the outcomes are still very dangerous.

“We have a very committed group of special arson investigators here in the city through the Jamestown fire and police departments who work diligently on each reported fire to determine a cause.”

David Wright is scheduled to appear in Jamestown City Court in front of Judge John L. LaMancuso on Friday for a preliminary hearing on Monday’s charges. All three are expected to be back in court regarding the animal cruelty charge in April.

Katrina Fuller contributed to this story.