According to a report by The Daily News Online, a father-and-son duo of Wyoming County, NY has been charged with 44 counts of animal abuse and abandonment, and one count of falsely reporting an incident, after authorities recover 44 neglected dog
and one dead body of a pooch from Joseph C. Wenzel, Jr.’s Middlebury, NY home.
On April 26th, local police received a call about a small dog barking. Upon arriving at the home on Thorpe Street, Batavia, NY where Joseph C. Wenzel, Sr. lives, they saw about eight dogs, but their knocks on the door went unanswered.
Two days later, call came from Wenzel, Jr., alleging that someone had abandoned about 50 dogs in three cages in his driveway in Middlebury.
When they visited the home, accompanied by an animal control officer, they found 44 little dogs, mostly Chihuahua and Jack Russell Terrier mixes, in a bad shape. Wenzel Sr. later admitted that they were his dogs and he was no longer able to care for them.
The dogs have varying health conditions from mammary tumors and dental disease, to feces matted into their fur, urine scalding and heart murmur. Altogether, 48 dogs were removed from the home – with four more found within a few days following the initial visit, – and most of them have already been adopted out from the county’s Rock Glen shelter.
Wenzel Jr. has been committed to Wyoming County Jail, and is being held on a $10,000 bail. He is to appear in court on June 3rd. His father is awaiting arraignment.