DURHAM, N.Y. – The Greene County Sheriff's Office announced on Wednesday that they have filed more charges against a woman who is accused of keeping animals in deplorable conditions.
Dawn Verdeschi, 43, was originally charged with failure to provide food and water after 39 dogs were found in deplorable conditions from two properties in Durham nearly three weeks ago.
The Greene County Sheriff's Office said they were covered in feces and without food or water. The dogs were promptly removed from the homes.
Verdeschi is now charged with 32 counts of Agriculture and Markets Laws Failure to provide sustenance, two counts of Agriculture and Markets Laws Failure to provide appropriate shelter for dogs, and one count of Agriculture and Markets Laws Failure to provide sustenance for a Persian feline.
Verdeschi will be arraigned on these charges March 25th, 2014 in the Town of New Baltimore Court. She is currently free on bail.
Authorities also say an arrest warrant has been issued for Christopher Cella, 55 of Durham in relation to this incident. The warrant is for 32 counts of failure to provide sustenance and two counts of failure to provide appropriate shelter for dogs.
Police describe Cella as a white male, 5'10", 185 lbs, brown hair, and hazel eyes. Cella also has an outstanding Family Court Warrant from Rockland County N.Y. He allegedly operates a 2006 Ford F-150 XLT Pickup color red with New York Commercial registration 30290-JV. The pickup also has a black cap over the bed of the truck. Anyone with information on Cella's whereabouts is asked to contact the Greene County Sheriff's Office Criminal Investigation Unit at 518-943-3300 extension 8018.
Officials confirmed that Verdeschi signed the 39 dogs over to the Columbia Greene Humane Society.
Although most of the dogs were ready to be adopted, President of the Columbia Greene Humane Society Ron Perez said there is an issue with co-ownership and all of the dogs are now under a court order, stalling the adoption process.
The Greene County Sheriff's office has confirmed that the Humane Society has received calls from people claiming to own some of the dogs and that the sheriff's office is looking into the matter.
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