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Alleged Mayfield hoarder's dogs in limbo


COLONIE, N.Y. - A local woman who is fostering 12 dogs saved from an alleged hoarder's home is lashing out at the legal system Thursday.

Michelle Crowley, of Colonie, says the judge in the case is dragging her feet, making it impossible for Crowley to place the dogs in permanent homes.

The case began on June 19th when 34 dogs were first removed from Tirzah Henry's Mayfield home in Fulton County, where police say they discovered a handful of dead and half eaten dogs on the property.

The surviving dogs had to be removed twice though, when police discovered that Henry had placed the dogs at a friend's home, and that friend had previously been arrested for animal abuse.

Crowley, the dog's foster mom, originally took in two pregnant dogs, a Pekinese and toy poodle. Now two months later, she is now taking care of all the puppies, as well as three dogs she already owns.

Crowley, who is a local police officer, says she has dealt with hoarding cases in the past. She says she does not remember it ever taking months to resolve a case like this.

However, Brad Shear of the Mohawk Hudson River Humane Society, does not agree, telling NEWS10, it's not the judge's fault, but rather the defendant Tirzah Henry's fault.

With the Mohawk Hudson River Humane Society caring for 24 of Henry's other dogs, Shear says he has a vested interest in this case. He claims Henry has been tying up the court dockets with appeals and rescheduled hearings in an effort to keep the dogs.

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