A Mayfield woman will get to keep seven of 34 dogs seized by local authorities for alleged animal abuse after she pleaded guilty to a single misdemeanor animal abandonment count.
The 27 other dogs will be offered for adoption by the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, which has cared for the animals since their seizure by the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office on June 28.
Tirzah Henry, formerly of 395 Progress Road, Mayfield, will serve a three-year conditional discharge under which she is prohibited from obtaining additional animals beyond the seven, which have been spayed and neutered.
Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sira said she was pleased with the disposition of the case, which was under adjudication in Mayfield Town Court. “It is a fair outcome of the case,” she said.
As part of the agreement with the District Attorney’s Office, Henry was sentenced to time served in the Fulton County Jail, where she spent 33 days.
She will not be required to pay restitution to the humane society, which had sought $30,000 to cover medical care, food and other costs associated with housing the dogs.
“We absorbed the cost on the animals,” said Tina Murray, director of operations of the humane society.
She said 10 dogs are currently available for adoption and the remainder will become available after they have been cleared medically. The dogs are puppies and young adults.
“In most cases I have been involved in, there has been some compromise. We would like to have all the animals but we are happy it is over,” Murray said.
Henry was charged June 22 with misdemeanor disorderly conduct; overdriving, torturing and injuring animals; failure to provide proper sustenance; and unlawful disposal of dead animals, a violation.
The charges followed the discovery of three dead dogs in a house she was renting at 395 Progress Road in the town of Mayfield. Deputies made the discovery when they sought to evict her from the house.