October 18, 2021

Cortland County sheriff’s officer saves hawk

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Cortland County Sheriff’s officer Greg Gallow was on patrol in Cortlandville Tuesday evening when he saw a hawk hobbling across Page Green Road in Cortlandville, according to a social media post by the department.

Gallow left his patrol vehicle with blanket in hand and carefully picked up the injured hawk, placed it in his vehicle and waited until the Cortland Community Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals arrived. From there, the SPCA took the hawk to Cornell University to be treated.

“It is unknown how the hawk was injured,” the post states.“Here is hoping the hawk makes a full and speedy recovery.”

The recovery of this animal follows at least two others by sheriff’s officers in the past couple of months.

On July 20, Officer Neena Testa had to help free a goat that got its head stuck in a fence.

And on June 29, officers Kurtis Ayres and Mercedes Slade responded to 1142 Route 222 in Cortlandville, where they, along with the Cortlandville Highway Department, saved five ducklings that were caught in a storm drain. The ducks were transported to the SPCA and then to a wildlife center.