NEW SCOTLAND, N.Y. (NEWS10) – The Albany County Sheriff’s Department arrested a woman after they found deceased animals inside a foreclosed home on Jones Avenue in New Scotland.
“No animal, no human, nobody should be treated that way and left to die like that,” Albany County Sheriff Craig Apple said.
Apple called it an “absolutely disgusting” case of animal neglect.
According to police, the previous homeowner, 59-year-old Alice Boughton, was arrested and charged with two counts of failure to provide sustenance and animal cruelty. Bank officials foreclosing on the home found the dead animals inside.
“They went in the residence, and they could see the carcasses of two animals that were trapped in their cages and basically starved to death,” Apple said.
After investigators questioned Boughton, Apple said she told them her pets had died in the fall of 2016 and she had been living with them until she left the home in March 2017.
“She had basically stopped feeding them, and then lived there, actually, for another couple of months with the dead animals in the house,” he said.
Neighbors did not want to go on camera, but they said Boughton was rarely at the home. One said she was in a downward spiral.
Apple said there are options if you are unable to care for your animals.
“There’s a lot of organizations out there,” he said. “There’s the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, all kinds of advocacy groups out there that will take these animals if you cannot provide for them.”
Boughton is expected in court next week.
Apple said he’s planning to talk to the Albany County district attorney about potentially increasing the charges to felonies.