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Saturday, October 11, 2014

NEWFANE — The dog control officer in Newfane told Niagara County Sheriff's deputies on Thursday that he had been "receiving numerous phone calls from people he does not know concerning a pitbull named 'Bentley,' who has been involved in two separate recent bite incidents in Newfane."

Marshall M. Herrington told patrol that his phone number is available to the public due to his position as dog control officer. That number was also posted to a Facebook page called "Redemption Song: Bentley's Chance." Herrington said someone on the page referred to him as a "liar and blood-thirsty" dog control officer.

The Facebook page posted an update on Thursday, saying that the calls were "highly effective" but asking people to stop saying that things "are in somewhat of a peace treaty mode as we continue to try and work out an excellent plan for Bentley."

Amy Lewis, executive director of the Niagara SPCA said on Friday that she has been talking with a lawyer who is hoping to be able to have the dog rehabilitated on Long Island. She said, however, that a final determination has not yet been made.

Patrol took a statement from Herrington but said that "no criminal acts have been committed and therefore, no charges can be filed."

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