Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Local animal control officer resigns, charged with animal cruelty

NEW YORK -- The Town of Pompey animal control officer has resigned her position after being charged with animal cruelty Monday evening, according to the Town Supervisor.

More than 200 dogs and 50 cats were found hoarded at her home in Tully, the CNYSPCA says.

The agency took a call Monday afternoon and responded to the home on Tully Farms Road. The agency says it found the some of the animals living in deplorable conditions with feces and urine.

SPCA staff began removing the animals on Monday, working as long as they could in the dark, and returned Tuesday to remove the majority of them.

SPCA Chief Investigator and Executive Director Paul Morgan said charges of animal cruelty were filed against the homeowner - former Town of Pompey Animal Control Officer Susan Snavlin.

The Pompey Town Supervisor says Snavlin was given a satisfactory status after an inspection by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets on March 19. It's not known if this was a routine or special inspection.

A veterinarian will examine the animals Tuesday to see if they're suffering from any illnesses or diseases. Their condition isn't known yet.

The CNYSPCA will be closed Tuesday and Wednesday to focus on the hoarding investigation. Some staff will continue the rescue in Tully while others begin assessing the dogs at the shelter, which is now filled beyond capacity.

Morgan says monetary donations to the shelter are critical because of this new rush of animals. Donations can be made through the shelter's website.

(WSYR - Sept 30, 2014)

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