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Nyack pet groomer calls for help with abandoned dogs

NYACK — Meet Montego.

While sitting on a grooming table, the relatively large mastiff mix showered Gerry Tartaglione with lots of affection yesterday at Dapper Dog Professional Pet Grooming on Main Street.

But what started out as a typical shearing has turned into a case of abandonment, and now Tartaglione, owner of Dapper Dog, is trying to find a home for the puppy.

A woman in her 20s dropped off Montego for a haircut early Saturday, but never came back to pick him up — and the contact information provided was bogus, Tartaglione said.

"This has happened many times before," Tartaglione, who is active with a local pet-rescue group, said yesterday. "It's not the first time."

Tartaglione said she had taken in and found homes for 300 to 350 dogs and cats this year, at a cost of about $15,000 for shots and other medical procedures. Earlier this year she and other volunteers with a pet-rescue group helped abandoned animals from Hurricane Katrina find homes in the area.

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