Investigators remove over 200 animals from Westerlo home

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society and Albany County investigators have removed dozens of animals from a home in Westerlo.

Brad Shear, the director of the shelter and Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple gave NEWS10 ABC the tally:

  • Over 30 dogs and puppies
  • 12 cats
  • 12 goats
  • About 55-60 rabbits
  • About 90 to 120 chickens, ducks, geese and other birds.

Included in the group of dogs is an injured Boston Terrier mix who had just given birth to seven puppies Monday night.

“Taking in this many animals at one time puts a huge strain on the Humane Society’s resources,” said Mohawk Hudson Humane Society Executive Director Brad Shear. “We will be caring for some of these animals – particularly the newborn pups – for months until they are ready for adoption.”

The Humane Society says all of the animals will require a veterinary assessment, possible medication and shelter and food until they are healthy enough to be adopted. The society is working with several other groups to disperse the animals to appropriate environments to continue their care. The New York Wildlife Rescue Center and Northeast Llama Rescue at Red Maple Farm in Schoharie County will care for all of the birds, geese, ducks, rabbits and goats.

Shear says it was an obvious case of hoarding.

Sheriff Deputies say some of the caged dogs in the home appeared to be aggressive in nature when approached in their cages. The animals were transported to the animal shelter in Menands and other facilities that have clean kennels with food and water and all will be evaluated by a veterinarian.

Police say charges have been filed against the homeowner, Nancy Wright, 56 is charged with Cruelty to Animals.

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