Woman won't surrender animals to humane society

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Updated: 6/26 9:14 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. - One owner refuses to surrender her animals after two animal hoarding cases were found in Albany.

Four dogs and nine of the 39 cats seized belong to one woman who refuses to surrender them. The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society said it will have to pursue criminal charges to gain custody.

The animals will stay at the humane society in the meantime, but they cannot be put up for adoption.

The woman does, however, have the option to pay the humane society a security bond to take care of the animals while she maintains ownership, but that can be too much for the non-profit to take on.

“The hardest part is you agree to do these things as an organization that’s a non-profit, yet you don’t have any money to take care of the animals, and in a larger situation the costs just are staggering,” animal law attorney Jonathan Schopf said.

Schopf also said these criminal cases can take up to months to resolve and can affect strays and other animals the humane society would normally take in.

Tina Murrary is the director of operations for the humane society.

“Five, six, seven, eight, nine months until it’s settled,” she said. “And unfortunately these animals have to stay in their kennels or cages, and while we do as much enrichment activities as we can, they won’t get the social interaction that normal pets would get.”

Schopf said pet owners can occasionally get out of paying the security bond, and the burden for care of the dog is left up to the non-profit.

“The care for the humane society is probably between $35 a dog,” he said. “Multiply it out, it’s about $40,000 a month.”

Murray is hopeful the recent hoarding case won’t come to that.

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