QUEENSBURY -- Town Animal Control Officer Jim Fitzgerald retrieved 11 small dogs Tuesday from an Oneida Corners residence, where, he said, it appeared a puppy mill had been operating.

The dogs were covered in feces and ticks, and found in a backyard filled with water and mold-laden feces, Fitzgerald said.

"The dogs didn't really have anywhere to stand that did not have feces," he said.

The residence was 210 Sunnyside Road, he said. It was unclear Tuesday who was responsible for the abandoned animals, he said. The property had been rented in the past and several abandoned vehicles were on the premises, he said.

Robin Newell is listed as the property's owner on the Warren County Real Property Tax Services website, but Newell could not be reached Tuesday.

Whoever is charged could face 11 counts of both animal cruelty and aggravated animal cruelty, Fitzgerald said - one for each dog. Under the state's Agriculture and Markets Law, aggravated counts are felonies.

The toy dogs include three breeds: a Chihuahua mix, Pekingese and mini Chow Chow, he said. They ranged approximately from age 3 to 13, he said.

Kim Polunci of the Tails Wag Inn in Queensbury assisted in the dog-rescue operation. Officers from Warren County Sheriff's Office also responded to the scene at first.

The last tenant of the two-story residence was evicted last November, Fitzgerald said. The former tenant also had been sent to state prison last year for an unrelated crime, he said.

The investigation is ongoing, and will be reviewed by State Police, he said. Authorities became aware of the residence from a tip, Fitzgerald said.

The dog's eyes were crusted over, he said.

The dogs were undergoing evaluations Tuesday night at Glens Falls Animal Hospital on Glenwood Avenue.

The animals will be available for adoption. Those interested can contact the hospital at 792-6575 or the town's Animal Control Office at 761-8202.

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politicoQB
politicoQB

Sweet Good Gawd Amighty I hope they find the lowdown filthy scum who let this happen to our furry friends. Thanks a million to Kim over at Tails Wag Inn, she loves dogs and this must break her heart. Those pups will be well cared for by Kim and the staff, now call up and get those poochies some good homes! Please folks.

northwinds11
northwinds11

If the last tenants moved out in November...who was feeding them? SOMEONE had to be or they would all be dead. They need to check with neightbors on who's been coming and going out of that hell hole! Why do people do these things???

scooter
scooter

Absolutely disgusting and sad. I hope whoever is responsible for this is fully prosecuted and receives the most severe punishment allowed by law. It's time to set an example. Too many of these subhuman life forms have gotten off with a slap of the wrist.

Animal abuse is about as low as it gets.

EnoughIsEnough
EnoughIsEnough

How come we save dogs from filthy living conditions yet allow children to live in filth?

As a society we should spend a little less time on animal rights and a little more time on helping PEOPLE.

mopsylink
mopsylink

St. Francis of Assisi said "The way you treat animals reflects the way you treat others". Somewhere out there is a very cruel person(s) who probably doesn't have much regard for human life either. Unfortunately, the "slap on the wrist" they'll get if found won't be nearly enough punishment for the hell they've inflicted on these dogs.

justinfo
justinfo

[quote]EnoughIsEnough said: "How come we save dogs from filthy living conditions yet allow children to live in filth?As a society we should spend a little less time on animal rights and a little more time on helping PEOPLE."[/quote]

He's an Animal Control Officer doing his job, one Animal Control Officer. Get on the 20 social service officers that "protect the children" in the county. The guy was hired to do this. Thank you Mr. Fitzgerald. Keep up what your doing, the town notices.

scooter
scooter

[quote]EnoughIsEnough said: "How come we save dogs from filthy living conditions yet allow children to live in filth?As a society we should spend a little less time on animal rights and a little more time on helping PEOPLE."[/quote]

Gee, I thought the prevailing sentiment from the right is that people can help themselves and we're tired of providing public assistance to them?

Al
Al

Too bad Washington Country doesn't offer the same service. I have a neighbor who keeps her dogs out in the front and back of her house, barking until 3 in the morning, and outside despite the weather conditions. Her house and yard are an absolute dump. When I called the county to complain about the conditons and barking until 3am, I was told.. "sorry.. Washington County doesn't offer animal control".

mustlovedogs
mustlovedogs

This is absolutely sickening! Animal Cruelty laws need to become much more strict (jail time) and lots of it. What makes abusing an animal any different than abusing a child? They feel pain just like us, but unlike us they have no escape. The first law that should come about is to stop breeding!!!!! There would be less animals in shelters, running the streets, abandoned and abused.....SO STOP BREEDING! As for the person who did this to these poor innocent animals, the Lord will prevail and if you don't get what's coming to you in this life, you surely will have to face your maker in the afterlife.

KMA
KMA

[quote]EnoughIsEnough said: "How come we save dogs from filthy living conditions yet allow children to live in filth?As a society we should spend a little less time on animal rights and a little more time on helping PEOPLE. "[/quote]

When is the last time you read a story about 11 children living in feces, mold and stagnant water? As a society we should condemn those who abuse children AND animals.

toast
toast

[quote]EnoughIsEnough said: "How come we save dogs from filthy living conditions yet allow children to live in filth?As a society we should spend a little less time on animal rights and a little more time on helping PEOPLE."[/quote]

You first.

bp2424
bp2424

I find this story absolutely heartbreaking. Our canine (&other animal) friends largely depend on humans to take care of them. 'Enough'..I would hope that we could help take care of BOTH...I really don't think we should abandon one in favor of the other. Both children & pets need us to care for them, and those who don't want to do it shouldn't have them. Note to all in Wash Co...if there is no animal control anymore try your town/village or call the SPCA...they should know of ways to help. Please don't let those animals be abused/neglected. As the owner of a 13+ year old Lab, I can tell you that the responsibility of taking care of a pet is enormous, but one of the most rewarding experiences in life. The loyalty & love he has shown me all these years is beyond what many humans are capable of.

NCC-1701
NCC-1701

In addition to the deplorable state of these eleven canines, the house and lot have sadly deteriorated as well. Part (or all?) of this house is historical dating to the late 1700s - early 1800s!

The owner(s) should be sited under zoning, building and health law to properly clean up and secure the home. The side yard is a "jungle" and mass of material. The unsightly vehicles and no trespassing signs do NOT help either.

It is said that a portion of this house was once used by Thomas Hammond, for whom Oneida Corners is named, as an 1800s trading post and as a store at other times as well.

The Oneida is a small historical portion of Queensbury dating to the late 18th century. Many buildings clustered around the Oneida Corners have long histories: this house, the store directly East across Ridge Road, the house diagonally East, Mohican Grange, Oneida Community Church & the Former Bay Ridge Fire House, now home to the former voting machines as well as Warren County Historical Society.

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