FORT PLAIN, N.Y. - One by one dogs were escorted out of a kennel in the town of Minden, in Montgomery County, on Thursday after state police investigators found the animals living in poor conditions.
In total, more than 50 dogs are being seized from "Sickpuppyz Pitbull Kennels" on Route 5S and transported to local shelters, state police say.
This raid came after a search warrant was executed Wednesday night in which multiple dogs were removed. Investigators returned to the property Thursday, assessing the conditions of remaining dogs.
The search of the property came after multiple reports were made by neighbors complaining about a large number of dogs living in a large, cold barn.
Police took the dogs because of poor conditions they were supposedly in, and they were worried about the dogs being outside in the extreme cold.
At this time no charges have been filed against the breeder, Joseph Marriott, but his attorney anticipates misdemeanor animal cruelty charges are pending.
"Those charges will be vigorously defended. Those animals were fed. They had water. They had individual pens. And they all had hay to protect them from the elements," Marriott's attorney, Bob Keach, says.
Photos on the breeder's Facebook page show adult Pitbulls and their puppies sleeping atop hay. Keach says that is not uncommon. "Many people keep dogs outside. They give them hay. In fact, there are many dogs that stay outside with less shelter than these animals had."
But neighbors say the conditions inside the barn were not suitable. They are happy to see the dogs go.
Out of the Pits, Inc. posted on their Facebook page they did participate in the seizure of dogs from Sickpuppyz Kennels. "However, at this time due to the ongoing investigation we are not releasing any further details beyond the fact that all the dogs we took in are warm and being cared for appropriately," they say.
The investigation is ongoing. Check back to NEWS10.com for updates.
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