N. Greenbush Police Make ‘Heartbreaking’ Discovery on Area Farm
The homeowners of a Rensselaer County farm, overwhelmed and unable to care for the large amount of domestic animals and livestock on their farm, turned over approximately 200 cats, dogs, cattle, pigs, ducks, chickens and turkeys to authorities on Tuesday. The animals, malnourished and neglected, were voluntarily turned over to a local humane society and other facilities to be cared for. It is unknown at this time if charges will brought up against the owners.
The situation, described by the Town of North Greenbush Police Chief in a Facebook post as "heartbreaking" was handled by the North Greenbush Police and the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society in a joint effort after a complaint was lobbied against the owners of the farm on Hidley Road.
The 200 or so animals will be cared for by the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society and other facilities. The humane society, according to News 10 ABC, is caring for the dogs and cats.
“This is a heartbreaking case for all parties involved," said North Greenbush Police Chief David Keerven. "There has been at least one working farm in North Greenbush since it was first settled and this was the last" added the Chief.
According to North Greenbush police, the homeowners worked with the humane society and law enforcement and turned over the animals without incident, recognizing that they simply could not care for them. Police Chief Keerven described the the living conditions as "poor" and the food supply "inadequate."
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