A town woman and her son were charged with 33 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty after State Police found 13 dogs locked in a storage unit.
The owner of Golden Self Storage on Western Turnpike called State Police after hearing barking and whimpering coming from a unit, said Randy Simons, Schenectady County SPCA media relations director. Police found 13 Chihuahuas covered in feces and urine. An additional five dogs and one cat were found in distress near the storage facility.
Catherine Wallace of Duanesburg was charged Thursday with 20 counts of animal cruelty, and her son, Michael Wallace, was charged with 13 counts of animal cruelty following an investigation by the SPCA and State Police.
The Wallaces are due in court July 18.
The dogs were taken to the Animal Protective Foundation in Schenectady for care and possible adoption, Simons said.
Simons said the incident stemmed from an SPCA investigation Wednesday, when officers asked to search the Wallaces’ Western Turnpike property. After being refused, officers said they would return with a search warrant.
“Upon learning that we were coming back with a search warrant we learned it was Michael who physically took the dogs off the property, locked them in the storage unit and left them in their own filth,” SPCA officer David Dean said.
A telephone call to Michael Wallace was unanswered.
Anyone who bought a dog from the Wallaces in the past is urged to contact the SPCA at 755-9517, SPCA Lt. Matt Johnson said.