Assemblyman Kevin Byrne (R,C,Ref-Mahopac), his wife, Briana Byrne, and their newborn son, Braeden, dropped off a donation to the Putnam Humane Society on Tuesday, June 2.
The family donated several unused collars and unopened treats and food on behalf of their late Treeing Walker Coonhound, Tracker, who sadly passed over the rainbow bridge in mid-May. They were also able to deliver some hand sanitizer, which was made by Corcraft and the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision, to help assist employees with staying safe during this difficult time.
It's always a painful experience to lose any member of the family, and that goes for losing our furry companions too, said Byrne. Tracker was an amazing dog. We adopted him from a humane society in Arkansas that rescued him from a very dangerous environment. Sadly, his life was cut short at only 5 1/2 years old due to a terminal diagnosis of acute leukemia, a relentless and deadly form of blood cancer. We like to think that the time and life he did have with us improved and filled with love. Despite the pain of losing Tracker, we are glad to see these supplies could go to good use and to support a great local organization that cares for animals in need. I was happy that we were also able to deliver hand sanitizer developed by the state's Department of Corrections and Community Supervision to help keep the humane society's employees, volunteers and visitors healthy and safe amid the COVID-19 pandemic.