ARGYLE -- State Police are investigating the discovery of a dog left along Coach Road with its legs and mouth bound with duct tape.
The big, shaggy, brown-and-gray mixed breed was spotted at around 11 a.m. Friday by Argyle Highway Department workers. It was lying on the side of Coach Road, just south of Summit Lake Road, Trooper Kevin Saunders said.
"It was just laying there," he said.
The dog's back legs had been taped together, as had the front legs, and it had been able to work free of duct tape that had been put around its mouth. It also had a nasty wound to its neck, police said.
Jason Rozelle, one of the town workers who helped the dog, said it ate grass along the side of the road after it was freed and was drinking water from a ditch.
Fellow town employee Poncho Wade, who first spotted the dog, gave it his lunch - ziti and wheat flatbread - before they took it back to the highway garage to give it dog food and jerky. Local resident Kenneth Filkins assisted as well.
Saunders said the dog was very friendly.
"He's such a nice dog. I can't believe it," Rozelle said.
The dog was turned over to the SPCA of Upstate New York, and shelter officials had it taken to a veterinarian for treatment of the neck injury.
SPCA executive director Cathy Cloutier said it appears to be a malamute/shepherd mix.
The dog was so hungry it was trying to eat a shirt and the hair that was being shaved from it to treat the neck wound when it was brought to the SPCA shelter, Cloutier said.
"The dog was starving to death," she said.
She said the dog should recover from the neck injury, which was caused by its neck growing over the collar. There were no tags on the collar.
The animal's gender was not released.
Anyone who knows who owns the dog was asked to call State Police at 583-7000.