FONDA – A Fonda woman neglected seven dogs and now faces animal cruelty counts, Montgomery County Sheriff’s officials said.
Kathleen M. Miller, 69, was arrested last Tuesday after deputies responded to an animal complaint at her home on Route 5, officials said.
An anonymous caller advised numerous dogs were at the residence and had been neglected for years without ever having been outside the residence, officials said.
Deputies responded and interviewed Miller. He indicated she had seven Chihuahua type dogs upstairs in the attic. Deputies then checked on them and found “very poor living conditions,” officials said in a release.
Each of the seven had extreme matted fur and were having trouble walking. Miller reported the dogs had not seen a veterinarian in more than seven years, officials said.
Deputies seized all seven dogs and took them to the Ayers Animal Shelter. Miller was charged and released on an appearance ticket.
The sheriff’s office thanked the shelter for taking the dogs and the Fort Plain Animal Hospital for providing care.