|Barked: Mon Jul 25, '05 3:10am PST |
|Hello all.... this was in Friday's edition of "The Post Star", a newspaper that covers saratoga, warren and washington counties in Upstate NY.
"SPCA seizes 31 animals"
Granville Woman faces charges of neglect.
State Police and the SPCA of Upstate NY seized 31 animals, including 27 rare, purebred dogs, from a Cary Road home Wednesday night, officials said.
The home's owner Maria J. Hurd, 57, was charged with the misdemeanor of failure to provide sustenance to animals after the dogs, 3 tropical birds, and a cat were removed from the home, state police said.
The dogs were chinese crested and powder puff cresteds, an unusual, almost hairless type of dog the Hurd was apparently breeding, officials said.
None had been euthanized as of Thursday, but Cathy Cloutier, director of the SPCA said "there are a couple I have concerns about". A veterinarian was to check them out later Thursday.
Cloutier said Hurd had signed away ownership of 17 of the dogs, but wanted to keep six mature dogs, four puppies and one of the birds.
The unsanitary conditions prompted Granville's code enforcement officer to condemn the 56 Cary road house pending a thorough cleaning. State Police said animal feces were found throughout the home, and dogs were living in crates stacked upon one another.
Many of the dogs had sores from numerous flea bites and sores from scratching and biting themselves, has feces matted in their fur, and were missing teeth, police said.
A neighbor's complaint to town officials about possible animal abuse prompted Granville's dog control officer to visit the home, officials said.
This just goes to show you how one person can make a HUGE difference in the life of a puppy mill dog!!! Thanks to a neighbor this crazed woman will hopefully be prosecuted, and justice will win. May she NEVER own another animal AGAIN. EVER. It people like that, that make my blood boil!!
SPREAD the word! YOU too can help fight and STOP puppy mills!!!
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