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Rockford’s Abuser Sentenced To Six Months

SYRACUSE, NY – The man who abused a pit bull puppy so badly this summer that its jaw was nearly completely severed will spend the next six months behind bars.

Reginald Stepp, 35, of Milton Avenue, Syracuse, pleaded guilty last month to felony aggravated cruelty to animals. He was sentenced on Tuesday to six months in jail.

The puppy, Rockford, was rescued early this summer after Stepp came to Absolute Auto and Audio in Fulton to have his vehicle worked on.

Employees discovered the injured and emaciated dog in the vehicle and rescued him. Stepp voluntarily surrendered the animal.

Rockford’s jaw was hanging by just some skin and tissue, his rescuers said.

In July, Rockford went through five and a half hours of surgery.

Cornell surgeons installed plates and screws into both sides of his jaw; six on either side.

The dog is doing well and was adopted by one of his rescuers.

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Ruth Welch Palmer – Graveside Services

Graveside services for Ruth Welch Palmer, who passed away on March 8, will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, June 4, at Jacksonville Cemetery.

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Library Front Entranced Temporarily Closed; Hours Will Be Unaffected

The Oswego Library will be temporarily closing access to the front entrance located on East Second Street. Patrons should enter the library using the East Oneida Street entrance going down the stairway next to the lawyer’s office and walking across the grass.

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Applications For Oswego Hospital’s MASH Camp Due June 12

Area students entering the eighth or ninth grade in the fall can learn more about healthcare careers this July at Oswego Hospital’s MASH Camp. This year’s MASH Camp (Medical Academy of Science and Health) at Oswego Hospital will be held July 29 and 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

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Community Garden Preparing to Open for Fulton Residents

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Rotarians Hear of Pratt House’s History

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