Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Animals seized in cruelty case turned over to Humane Society

A year after being rescued by the Humane Society of Greater Rochester from filthy conditions, more than 100 animals will now have the chance for loving homes.

Today, the Humane Society was granted full custody of all animals seized during a cruelty investigation at a residence on Malloch Road in Riga in December 2010. A year of legal motions and hearings delayed the court's ruling on custody of the animals.

In December 2010, Andrea Acomb of Riga was arrested for animal cruelty. The animals -- 66 chickens, 60 water fowl, 16 cats, three dogs, four horses, and one goat -- were all being kept in unsanitary conditions that were affecting their health and welfare.

"Once in the care of Lollypop Farm, the animals were all provided any needed medical treatment, proper housing and nutritious food, loving care and attention from staff and volunteers. Even visitors have come to know and love many of the animals, like the cats who have been staying in one of the catteries visible in our lobby." explains Alice Calabrese, CAWA, president and CEO of Lollypop Farm. "But caring for so many animals for such a long time in addition to our ongoing operations has put a huge strain on our system and budget. While nearly $90,000 has gone into veterinary and daily care, we are overjoyed to finally begin the process of matching these pets with adoptable families."

Over the course of the year, some of the animals seized succumbed to illness. Approximately 130 animals will eventually be put up for adoption..."  More

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