Amy Lewis with the Niagara County SPCA says 23 year old Lee Jones was spotted by Rural Metro Ambulance employee Sarah Zimmerman holding the puppy (pictured) off the ground by her scruff and repeatedly striking her in the head with a blunt object. Zimmerman stated that he then dropped the puppy to the ground. The puppy scrambled across the street to where Zimmerman and her partner stood watching in disbelief. Zimmerman scooped the tiny puppy up into her arms. Jones approached Zimmerman and demanded the puppy be returned to him. Zimmerman refused to return the puppy to Jones, stating, "She won't be returned to you until the Police arrive. This dog is so young. What could she have done to warrant this abuse?" Zones' response was that she "needed to be disciplined." The object used to strike the puppy was a hard plastic tube wrapped in a piece of cloth.
Lewis says Zones' temper escalated as Zimmerman refused to hand the puppy over. Zimmerman while hiding the clearly shaken puppy inside her Rural Metro coat, manneuvered around to the other side of the ambulance until Police arrived on the scene. Zones was arrested by Officer Ryan Adams and Officer Tom Airst on the scene. Niagara Falls Police Officer and Animal Cruelty Investigator for the Niagara County SPCA Dave Bower was also on scene.
Lewis said that "Karma is very sweet considering all that she has endured. She does show some signs of physical abuse including abrasions to her head and hind legs and urine burns on her belly. She will be placed in foster care with her rescuer, Zimmerman who has expressed interest in adopting her."
Lewis adds neighbors told Police Officers that they have heard cries from the 6 week old puppy now dubbed Karma by Niagara County SPCA staff over the course of the past two weeks, but were too afraid to speak up because of Jones' reputation. Jones has been arrested by Niagara Falls PD in the past for disorderly conduct and domestic violence. Jones was also questioned in the Gladys case earlier this year. Gladys was an 8 week old puppy found by two Modern Disposal employees in late April with a broken jaw and severely swollen face. Jones and girlfriend Sherry Sanney admitted to owning Gladys whose name was Brianna at the time. They told Niagara Falls Police that they "sold the puppy several days before" [the incident]. There was no solid evidence found linking Jones or Shanney to the incident.