Woman with 31 dogs won’t be charged

County Sheriff Thomas J. Lorey said Thursday that no charges will be filed against a Bleecker woman

County Sheriff Thomas J. Lorey said Thursday that no charges will be filed against a Bleecker woman who surrendered 31 dogs to authorities recently. Another dog was found dead in the woman’s Barlow Road home.

County mental health, social services, police and animal protection officials intervened in the woman’s case. The woman has not been identified by authorities because they are not charging her.

Those who went to the home found no dog tracks or waste in the woman’s yard but were forced to don hazardous materials suits and masks before entering the house March 7.

Sharon Hayes, executive director of the Fulton County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said the foul odor was the worst she’s encountered in 20 years on the job.

The waste was 8 inches deep in some spots, she said.

“It was a health issue, and we’re not releasing her name because of [privacy laws],” Lorey said.

“In our opinion, the dogs were being cared for to some extent and the district attorney and I saw nothing to bring charges,” Lorey added.

Hayes said the dogs were being fed, but were thin, covered in feces and infested with round worms. Some of the dogs are pregnant.

“She was feeding them but wasn’t letting them outside to go to the bathroom,” Hayes said.

The dogs were examined, vaccinated and dewormed by a veterinarian Saturday.

And after getting baths, they’re starting to warm up to people and acclimate themselves, Hayes said.

“They’re doing better now after just a few days,” she said. “They’re starting to come around and act more normal now.”

Hayes’ agency has received assistance from the Mohawk and Hudson Humane Society, the Saratoga County shelter and the James A. Brennan Memorial Humane Society, all of which have taken in some of the animals.

The dogs are going to be put up for adoption, Hayes said. She said they’re primarily Burmese mountain, golden retriever and chihuahua mixes.

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