NORTHAMPTON - A town resident was charged Friday with six animal-neglect counts after authorities said they found more than 40 animals living in deplorable conditions July 16.
Fulton County sheriff's deputies said Faith M. Betler, 60, of 1472 Route 30, was charged with three counts of failing to provide proper sustenance under state Agriculture and Markets Law. She also was charged with one count of animals being confined in a camping trailer, one count of animals confined in a house trailer and one count of failing to provide medical care for an injured dog.
Deputies said Betler was charged at 7:45 p.m. at her home after an investigation into the animal neglect at her property. She failed to provide her dogs, cats and rabbit with adequate care, deputies said.
Fulton County Undersheriff Kevin Lenahan said in a news release deputies were asked to check the home July 16.
Lenahan said numerous dogs and cats were on the property and lacked water and proper ventilation. Feces and insects filled portions of the living space. The dogs were put in cages, stacked two or three high, with four dogs to a cage, Lenahan said. The property had been condemned at the time.
According to Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sira, Betler could face a maximum sentence of a year in jail.
"It was inevitable that she would be charged, based on [the conditions the animals were living in]," Sira said.
Sira said the conditions in the home were unlivable by humans or animals.
Authorities said they found several animals living in a confined, feces-filled space in two trailers. The temperatures in the two trailers could get as high as 150 degrees, authorities said.
Authorities said many of the dogs were chihuahuas or mixed-breed dogs. Several of the dogs also appeared pregnant, authorities said.
"The evidence was very clear," Sira said.
Betler will appear later this month in Town Court.
The animals were sent to the Helping Paws Rescue in Broadalbin.