AR-News: (NY - US) 11 dogs, 7 cats rescued in animal cruelty cases

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11 dogs, 7 cats rescued in animal cruelty cases

Sat, Nov 8, 2003

KRISTA J. KARCH
Observer-Dispatch 
Three Utica residents in two separate cases were charged with animal cruelty this week after Utica police rescued 11 dogs and seven cats from what were described as "deplorable" and "disgusting" conditions, Animal Control Officer Chris Collver said. 

Four pit-bull puppies were found locked inside a car on Mary Street in the first case, Collver said. It is unknown how long the puppies had been in the vehicle, but neighbors told police that it had been about a week, he said. 

The vehicle was parked less than 2 feet from the front door of the residence of the person charged in the case, Collver said. 

The interior of the vehicle was chewed up and full of "extreme amounts of urine and feces," according to a report from the City of Utica's Department of Animal Control. Collver said the city officials who investigated the vehicle and had it towed away felt ill, and that it was one of the most extreme cases he had seen. 

Judith Torres, 38, of Mary Street, is neither the owner of the car or the dogs, but was charged with four counts of animal abuse, a misdemeanor. Collver said Torres was charged in the case because she was aware that the dogs were in the car but did nothing to fix the situation. 

"She advised her family that she had told the owner to get the dogs out of the car, but she hadn't seen him for a few days after that," Collver said. "She did nothing to stop the cruelty." 

The owner of the dogs has not been found, Collver said. It is unclear who owns the vehicle, he said. 

Torres also was charged with two counts of harboring an unlicensed dog in her own home, Collver said. 

She is scheduled to appear in Utica City Court Nov. 17. 

In the second case, seven dogs and seven cats were found in a Genesee Street residence in "deplorable and unsanitary conditions," according to a report from the City of Utica's Department of Animal Control. The animals were rescued when an eviction notice was issued against the apartment's two residents, Collver said. 

Brett Nowlan, 23, and Jennifer Powers, 22, were charged with two counts of animal abuse, a misdemeanor, seven counts of harboring a dog in unsanitary conditions, a violation, and five counts of harboring an unlicensed dog, a violation, Collver said. 

Both were issued with appearance tickets for Utica City Court for Nov. 17. 



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