Abusive Cat Owner Sentenced

Schenectady SPCA

Wendall Smith gets strict probation / Bud the cat is doing fine

Wendall Smith pled guilty to animal cruelty and was sentenced to three years probation for causing the death of several cats back in March 2011. He will not be allowed to possess any animals during this time and must follow the standard conditions under probation.

“The scene inside Wendall Smith’s home back in March was one of the more horrific conditions our officers have ever witnessed. It was beyond deplorable,” says Schenectady County SPCA chief humane law enforcement officer Mathew B. Tully.

Back in March, Smith was arrested after several cats were found dead in his home. SPCA investigators grabbed video of its conditions including the only surviving cat ‘Bud’ staggering around struggling to survive.

“He is doing great. We look at him everyday and wonder how anyone could have neglected him. He just pours out his love to you,” says Bud’s new owner.

With the details of the newest agreement between the City, County and SPCA currently being sewn up, chief Tully believes more animals like the Bud’s will be saved and that more people like the Wendall Smith’s will be prosecuted. The Schenectady County SPCA would like to thank the District Attorney’s office for the outcome and the community for their involvement in this prosecution.

“This conviction prevents any other animals from falling into the hands of this abuser. I want to remind the community that they deserve equal credit with this conviction. It was their tip on our hotline that led us to Smith’s home,” said Chief Tully.

The Schenectady County SPCA Emergency Hotline is 518-755-9517. All complaints remain confidential and we do not investigate anonymous calls. The Schenectady County SPCA and all of our sworn and armed humane law enforcement officers are volunteers. We don’t have a single paid employee so every penny goes to protecting animals. To help crackdown on animal cruelty please donate online at www.countyspca.org.

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