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Rochester woman abandoned dog and parrot in Canandaigua: Authorities find them dead

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Authorities have arrested and charged a Rochester woman after a dog and parrot were discovered dead and decomposing at a residence in Canandaigua. 

On January 13 the Ontario County Humane Society became involved in an animal cruelty investigation, along with the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office who were investigating another incident involving a Rochester woman. 

Danielle Ambros, 37, of Rochester was arrested after abandoning a dog and parrot, both of which were found dead at a home in Canandaigua. 

Deputies said the 17-year-old Jack Russell dog named Sampson, and a parrot named Squirt, were being cared for by Ambros in the town of Canandaigua when her grandmother was hospitalized. 


Ambros did so up until sometime in November when she quit. On December 19 both the dog and parrot were found deceased inside the residence in a decomposing state. Police said both appeared to have starved to death.

Both animals had been buried in the backyard of the residence but have been exhumed and transported to the Cornell Animal Diagnostic Lab for necropsies. 

On February 2 Ambros was charged with Cruelty to an Animal (misdemeanor) and Failure to Provide Food and Water to an Impounded Animal (misdemeanor). She was issued an appearance ticket to appear in Canandaigua

Town Court at a later date and released.