SALEM, N.Y. – A Washington County dog groomer and show dog handler faces multiple charges after Washington County Sheriff officers discovered abandoned and dead animals at the home he was renting.
Neil E. Jordon, 44, of Glens Falls was in Town of Salem Court Monday where he was charged with 13 counts of Animal Cruelty and three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child.
The landlord of the rental property, Elizabeth Osterhaudt, called officers after discovering the abandoned animals during a chimney inspection attempt. Authorities found 11 dogs alive in the feces covered home, but without proper food, water, and improper living conditions. Several dead birds and two dead rabbits were also found.
He was with Endangering the Welfare of a Child after the investigation uncovered that he had his children at the residence with no working heat and that dead animals had been stored in the freezer with the family's food.
Jordon is a well-known groomer and show dog handler. All but two of the 11 dogs rescued from the home belonged to the man. Officials say they are getting calls from the dog's owner from across the country.
Jordon was processed, and arraigned in the Town of Salem Court. Bail was set at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.
The investigation is ongoing and another arrest is pending, according to officers.