Woman charged with animal abuse

AMSTERDAM — A woman has been charged with animal cruelty one year after several dogs were found living in poor conditions in a vacant residence in the city.

Lesley L. Schenck, 40, of 46 Reid St., was arrested by Amsterdam police on Dec. 27 and charged with cruelty to animals and unsanitary living conditions for a dog.

According to police reports, Schenck was transported to headquarters where she was processed and held pending arraignment.

She was arrested on a warrant, which was signed by Amsterdam City Court Judge Lisa Lorman on March 3, 2018, following the discovery of several dogs living with Schenck in an abandoned home at 65 Wall St. The animals were in poor condition.

Schenck was also recently charged by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office as a fugitive of justice out of Pennsylvania.

According to police reports, Amsterdam police officers were at 65 Wall St. to assist a company in recovering property when officers heard multiple dogs inside the residence.

Animal Control Officer Gina Kline responded to the scene. Upon arrival she observed, “feces and trash on the floor,” the police report states. “There was garbage on the stairs and behind the door hindering it from opening all the way. I went up the stairs and observed a ‘sheet fort’ in the back porch area. Dogs could be heard barking and I observed a crate.”

Schenck was also found to be disoriented and was transferred to St. Mary’s Hospital for medical evaluation.

According to police reports, police attempted to serve Schenck with an appearance ticket at the hospital, but she had been transported to Albany Medical Center due to a stroke.

The dogs found at the abandoned home were brought to Montgomery County SPCA. According to police reports, the dogs’ conditions had already improved within a few days of being at Montgomery County SPCA.

An official at the SPCA said the dogs have since been adopted.