The Ulster County SPCA on Thursday seized more than two dozen rabbits from a man previously charged with animal cruelty.
Brian Shapiro, executive director of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, said investigators removed 26 rabbits Thursday morning from the home of Juan “Victor” Caniglia at 18 Foordmore Road in Wawarsing.
Shapiro said Caniglia was charged by SPCA investigators last December after authorities discovered nearly 100 neglected exotic birds and three rabbits in a small outdoor shed at his home.
In that case, Caniglia pleaded guilty earlier this month in Wawarsing Town Court to one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty under New York’s Agriculture and Markets Law and was fined $2,200. The court also ordered Caniglia not to own or possess any birds or rabbits.
Shapiro said Thursday’s inspection of Caniglia’s property found the rabbits living in filthy conditions and that some of them were in very poor health..." More