MAYFIELD, N.Y. - Four dead animals, including three dogs and one rabbit, were found in a Mayfield home Tuesday morning where an eviction was being served to the resident.
The Dog Warden for Mayfield, Jane Potts, tells NEWS10 she was called by the Fulton County Sheriff's Office to aid in removing 34 dogs and a few other animals from the home Tuesday morning.
The operation at the home on Progress Road starting around 9 a.m. and ended around 5 p.m. Tuesday, Potts says.
Piles of junk were still laying on the side of the road Wednesday night, leaving a potential hazard for traffic and a large mess for the tenant's landlord, Joe Adamkowski, to clean up.
Adamkowski said he has been trying to evict his tenant since March. "If this eviction could have taken place a month ago they wouldn't have carried out dead bodies," he said.
The tenant, Teresa Henry, tells NEWS10 she left the house on Sunday and returned to find the dogs dead and the home in disarray. "I can't tell you the money, time and dedication I have put in to them," Henry said.
According to Potts, four dead animals were found around the home including a deceased German Sheppard found in the cellar who had been dead about three days, a Rottweiler puppy approximately four-weeks-old was found dead in the a bathroom, a partially-eaten poodle puppy who was less than one-week-old was found dead on a back deck, and a rabbit was found dead, as well.
A sheriff's deputy was called to the scene Wednesday night, trying to determine the whereabouts of one of the bodies. According to the neighbors, one of the dead dogs was in the back of the UHaul carrying her things away. Henry would not allow the deputy to look inside without a search warrant, however was insistent to NEWS10 the dead dog was not inside the truck.
Potts says although there were dozens of dogs living there, the animals appeared to be in somewhat good health and that Henry was able to supply vet information and that all dogs were licensed and up-to-date on shots at the time of the eviction.
Henry is now evicted and it's up the owner of the home to remove all the debris.
The animals all remain in Henry's custody, and a number of her friends, after she refused to surrender them to authorities. "They are all in a safe place," she said.
Potts said she was unsure of any charges against the home owner. NEWS10 has left a message with the Sheriff's Office for information on any potential animal cruelty charges.
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