STUYVESANT, NY (NEWS10) -“There was evidence that the surviving dogs were actually consuming those that had deceased, so if that gives you any idea of the conditions– they were probably as worse as they could possibly be”, said Captain Michael Jankowiak.
Tough facts have emerged from an animal cruelty case in Columbia County. State Police Captain Michael Jankowiak couldn’t even begin to describe what troopers and SPCA investigators walked into.
“In my 26-year career, this is ranks amongst the top most horrific scenes of this nature”, said Jankowiak.
State Police said they went to Majestic Drive in Stockport on Thursday after a report came in for “several unattended dogs”.
When they arrived, fourteen dogs were found inside, three were dead and eleven were left alone without food or water for multiple weeks.
“Upwards of fourteen dogs had been left unattended since possibly November”, said Jankowiak.
The owner of the house, 42-year-old Patricia Gregory, faces fourteen counts of Failing to Provide Sustenance to the animals, one count for each dog found. These are each a Class A Misdemeanor.
We went by the house Saturday to try and get answers from Gregory. She was there, and appeared to be cleaning up.
Her helpers were welcome and we were not. “No, I don’t want it videotaped”, said Gregory.
“The conditions of the home were horrific”, said President of the Columbia-Greene Humane Society Ron Perez.
Ron Perez echoed what State Police were saying.
“It’s always very difficult to go into a building like that and find what we found in there”, said Perez.
Perez said there is reason why this even had to happen.
“There are numerous agencies that would have stepped in, namely us. We’re 15 minutes away, so there’s no real excuse”, said Perez.
The investigation will continue and the care of the dogs as well.
“We’re talking about animals here. They are the innocent victims”, said Jankowiak.
“They’re all wonderful little dogs. When the vets feel they’re good to go, we’ll start adopting them out”, said Perez.
If you have information about this case, State Police Troop K are asking that you call them at (518) 851-3111
If you want to submit an application to adopt one of the dogs, click on of the links below.