- New York, USA -
On Wednesday, August 10, 2022, Fulton County Sheriff’s Office Investigators arrested 70-years-old SUSAN E. KELLY (pictured).
The sheriff’s office said in a press release that the arrest is the result of an investigation into an animal neglect case.
“The case involved animals living in inadequate shelter, poor living conditions, and were malnourished due to lack of food and water readily available to them”, stated the release.
The investigation was initially launched after complaints of a loose dog at a residence located at State Highway 349 in Mayfield that is occupied by KELLY.
The complaints then led to larger concerns about animals at the property and on July 25, 2022, the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant.
In a press release of July 26, 2022, the Fulton County Regional SPCA said that KELLY’s property “is home to ‘Kelly's Haven’ a ‘rescue organization’ with a history of animal hoarding and cruelty complaints spanning over decades.”
Officials discovered approximately:
52 dogs; 50 living, 2 deceased
Over a dozen ducks and chickens
The poor animals were found to be living “primarily outdoors and in filthy uninhabitable conditions. Clean water and appropriate shelter were scarce”, said , the Fulton County Regional SPCA.
The seizure of the VOICELESS VICTIMS was led and organized by both the James A. Brennan Memorial Humane Society and Fulton County Regional SPCA with sheltering assistance from Ayres Memorial Shelter.
The poor souls were evaluated and treated by veterinarians and placed in the care of the above-mentioned agencies.
On August 10, 2022, a Facebook post by James A. Brennan Memorial Humane Society read: “The animals continue to receive necessary care. Our legal counsel is preparing to file for a security bond in this matter to ensure that the defendant pays for the care and housing of the animals during the pendency of the criminal matter or seeking their forfeiture to either us (James A. Brennan Memorial Humane Society) or the SPCA.”
The Fulton County Sheriff's Office said that KELLY was charged with fifty-five counts of torturing or injuring animals/failure to provide sustenance, which is a Class A Misdemeanor.
She was issued appearance tickets to appear at the Town Of Mayfield court at a later date.
The picture of the two dogs was shared from Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter.
On a separate note, The Daily Gazette reports that: “Kelly was the subject of an animal cruelty case in 2011. During that case, the Sheriff’s Department said it had received multiple complaints about the property. At that time, around 300 animals were found on the property — from dogs and cats to livestock and parrots. In that case, the animals had been receiving food, but the living conditions were below standard and a small number of the animals had to have emergency care.”
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