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.