The remaining dogs were found in various states of starvation and are now being sheltered and fed at the James A. Brennan Memorial Humane Society, 437 Nine Mile Tree Road. State Police Captain Michael Tietz described the scene at 404 County Highway 104 as the worst case of animal cruelty he’s seen.
In his news release Brown said the claim that “the District Attorney’s office is returning the remaining dogs back to the environment they came from” is false.
“I won’t speculate regarding the agenda or source of this false information, but I can assure all who are truly concerned with these animals that this office [as it always has] will fully prosecute the case presented within the confines of the law, which includes opposition to any return of the dogs seized,” Brown stated in his news release.
According to New York state animal law, which is Agriculture and Markets Law 353, `“a person is guilty of aggravated cruelty to animals when, with no justifiable purpose, he or she intentionally kills or intentionally causes serious physical injury to a companion animal with aggravated cruelty. For purposes of this section, “aggravated cruelty” shall mean conduct which: 1. is intended to cause extreme physical pain; or 2. is done or carried out in an especially depraved or sadistic manner.”
Brown said he will not speculate about whether there could be any additional charges to Valdez or anyone else connected with the case.
“The state police filed the charges based on the evidence they had at that time. The investigation is still ongoing and any other charges that might be deemed appropriate will be filed at that time,” Brown said.
"We always prosecute the charges that are presented to us, and as far as returning animals — I don’t know why anyone would say we are doing that — that’s not something we are looking to do.”
At the time the dogs were discovered, state police officials and James A. Brennan Memorial Humane Society officials speculated that in some cases of animal abandonment, the animals are ultimately returned to owners because the law views them as property.
(Leader Herald - April 13, 2017)