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FONDA – Seven severely matted dogs were confiscated from a house on May 12th after being neglected and kept in an attic by their owner, now charged with animal cruelty, for several years.
Kathleen M. Miller, 69, 4563 Route 5, Fonda, has been charged with seven cases of animal cruelty.
Miller was released on a ticket, and all seven dogs were taken to the Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter and given veterinary care by the Fort Plain Animal Hospital.
According to a press release, members of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office were called to Miller’s apartment over an animal complaint from an anonymous caller who told them the residence had been home to numerous dogs that had been neglected for many years and were never out of the house.
On arrival, MPs interviewed Miller and found seven Chihuahua-type dogs kept up in the attic.
According to the release, the MPs observed very poor living conditions, all seven dogs had extremely matted fur and had problems walking. Miller told MPs the dogs hadn’t seen a vet in more than seven years.
“You were the absolute worst we have ever seen” said Marissa Christman, a kennel worker. “We couldn’t tell heads from tails.”
Christman said every dog is extremely matted and has a bad odor.
One of the dogs had mats that completely covered its eyes.
“It’s probably been years since he could see” Said Christman.
They found macaroni stuck deep in one of their ears, another had matted ears on the head, and another had plasters stuck in the mats.
Before the dogs were cared for, the workers at the shelter could not tell which were female and which were male. Christman said there are six men and one woman.
Two pads were removed from the female paws. The pads will most likely need to come off, or worse, they may need to amputate the dog’s leg.
Christman said her nails were also three to four inches long and growing upward, so the long nails, combined with the extreme matting on her paws, couldn’t walk them normally.
She said they had no other injuries but needed dentures. They didn’t have ticks, heartworms, or fleas, most likely because they didn’t go outside.
Since the dogs arrived at the shelter, Christman has been saying it is them “Completely different dogs.”
She said all they want to do is cuddle and run around.
Three of the dogs learn to walk on a leash. She said some have probably never walked on grass before.
“They just go back to being normal dogs” Said Christman.
They hope that all seven dogs will be available for adoption sooner rather than later, but it depends on when the courts release the dogs to the shelter. They cannot be spayed or neutered, and the female cannot have the pads removed from the paws until the courts release the dogs to the shelter.
Christman said although the dogs were confiscated from the house, it usually takes some time for the courts to release dogs for them. However, from the time the anonymous call came in at the sheriff’s office, MPs moved very quickly to get the dogs from home to the shelter.
Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter calls the dogs those “Lucky 7” because someone saw something and called to save the seven dogs.
“One simple phone call saved your life” Said Christman. “They are great dogs.”
Visit the Ayers website at http://ayresanimalshelter.org/ to donate or volunteer.
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