First Adoption of Dog at SPCA's New Home

Woman first met dog as part of Pups in the Pen program

Tom Puckett
April 17, 2017 - 4:09 pm

West Seneca, NY (WBEN) The first dog adoption at the SPCA's new West Seneca facility came from a woman who is familiar with the dog she's adopting: she first met the dog while an inmate.

Mercedes Castillo first met her new dog as part of the "Pups in the Pen" program, a partnership between the SPCA Serving Erie County and the Erie County Sheriff's Office. "I was a trainer. I taught him the basics, how to sit, lay down, housetrain," says Castillo of her new pet Jed. 

Castillo says Jed gave her a reason to wake up each morning as she had someone other than herself to look after. "The first day, we instantly clicked. I was the first one he came up to, and opened up to and it was amazing I got to experience that with him," says Castillo.

Castillo was released last week from the Erie County Correctional Facility after serving four months for criminally negligent homicide among other charges after being in a drag race last year that killed her boyfriend Chauncey Kloiber.

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