Six of those pets had microchips implanted, so once investigators heard the beep they contacted the original owners.
“Not only in two of these cases did it reunite two animals back to their starting point but it also gave us some background as to how these defendants got these animals,” said Tompkins County SPCA Director Abigail Smith
Those tiny clues can go a long way in such a large investigation..." More
Courtney Cotter and Kevin Pierce, both of 18 Creamery Road in Brooktondale, were charged Wednesday in Town of Caroline Court.
They are facing 39 counts of overdriving, torturing and injuring animals.
And 39 additional counts of failure to provide proper sustenance, food, and water.
The Tompkins County SPCA seized the dogs, cats, guinea pigs, rats and chinchillas on January 27th, after concerned citizens led them to the trailer.
Rescuing the animals has cost the Tompkins County SPCA more than $30,000.
The SPCA is asking for financial donations to help cover the increase medical and staffing expenses.
So far, seven cats, one rat, eleven dogs and three chinchillas have been adopted.
Feb 3, 2010: SPCA SEIZES 100 PETS
"...After a group of concerned citizens led humane investigators to a mobile home in Brooktondale.
"The conditions inside were obviously pretty far from ideal there were some sanitary concerns, there were also concerned for animals not having access to food and water," said SPCA Humane Investigator Cate Walker.
That's where these cocker spaniels, and 98 other pets were found, in a crowded, one-bedroom trailer.
Including dogs, cats, guinea pigs, chinchillas, rats and several other dead animals.
The owner was a self-proclaimed animal rescuer...." More