Tuesday, June 19, 2012
BY JUSTIN MASON
State police used a blow torch Thursday to cut the lock on a storage container at the Hillside Commons Mobile Home Park to rescue 13 Chihuahuas that were whimpering inside.
Now, a mother and son are each facing more than a dozen animal cruelty charges for allegedly not properly caring for the dogs and others that were found in their squalid home.
The Schenectady County chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals seized 20 animals from the property off Western Turnpike, including 16 Chihuahuas, a Labrador, a collie, a Shetland sheepdog and a black cat.
Catherine Wallace is facing 20 misdemeanor counts of failure to provide proper sustenance, while her son, Michael, was charged with 13 misdemeanor counts of impounding animals without food or water. The two were released on appearance tickets.
SPCA investigators were contacted by a tipster Wednesday and alerted to a possible puppy mill at Lot 117. When officer arrived, they cited Catherine Wallace with six no-dog license violations and noticed an overwhelming odor of excrement coming from the mobile home..." More