NEW YORK -- Three Elmira residents face numerous counts of animal cruelty and other charges after authorities removed several dogs from a residence on Oak Street in the city.
Elmira animal control officers were called to 905 Oak St. on Dec. 6 to investigate the conditions of eight dogs living at the residence. The investigation concluded the animals were living in unsanitary conditions and several of them were in poor shape and needed medical care.
As a result of the probe, authorities charged Nona J. Smith, 44, of Elmira, with seven counts of animal cruelty, a misdemeanor that's punishable by up to $1,000 in fines or a year in jail or both.
Smith is also charged with three counts of failure to provide proper shelter and one count of unsanitary conditions, both violations.
Gregory S. Loyd, 46, of Elmira, was charged with six counts of animal cruelty, three counts of failure to provide proper shelter and one count of unsanitary conditions.
Bernard P. Loyd, 24, of Elmira, was charged with six counts of animal cruelty, three counts of failure to provide proper shelter, one count of unsanitary conditions, six counts of unlicensed dogs and six counts of failure to provide rabies vaccinations, both of which are violations.
All of the dogs were seized from the residence and transported to the Elmira Animal Shelter for treatment. Elmira code enforcement also responded to the scene, and posted the house as uninhabitable due to the conditions.
The suspects are scheduled to answer the charges Jan. 20 in City of Elmira Court.
(Star Gazette - Dec 27, 2016)