DURHAM, N.Y. – The woman accused of keeping nearly 40 German Shepherd dogs in poor conditions wasexpected in court on Tuesday, but the case has been adjourned.
Dawn Verdeschi, 45, has been charged with failing to provide food and water to the animals that were found living in filthy conditions out in Greene County. She is currently out on bail.
Dozens of dogs and a cat were removed from two properties in the Town of Durham in February after an anonymous call from a citizen concerned about the animals sparked an investigation.
The Columbia-Greene Humane Society responded to the homes and helped to remove the animals, which included seven puppies. Since then, most of the dogs have been adopted to new families. However, there are problems with some dogs and co-ownership issues.
Officials described the conditions of the home as deplorable and at least one dog found inside a home did not have water and ate snow when it was brought outside.
After a warrant was issued for his arrest, a man turned himself into Greene County Sheriff's on charges in March. Christopher Cello, 55, is accused along with Verdeschi of failing to provide food and water for the animals.