40 gallon aquarium frozen solid with fish on the bottom (NEWS10 ABC)
Cages where landlord says she found dead rabbits. (NEWS10 ABC)
SHUSHAN, N.Y. – Charges could be filed after Washington County Sheriff officers responded to a report of abandoned animals in Shushan.
The landlord of the rental property, Elizabeth Osterhaudt, called officers after discovering the abandoned animals during a chimney inspection attempt. Eleven dogs were found, but authorities say they did not have food, water or clean cages. A total of five rabbits were found, three of which were dead. Several exotic birds were also found, as well as fish frozen in a tank.
Police say the man who rented the home is a well-known
dog breeder, handler and groomer. They also say there is evidence that his
young children may have also lived in the home.
The animals were removed and taken to a local veterinary to be examined. The Sheriff's office is waiting for the exam results in order to review the case with the District Attorney's office to determine appropriate charges.