Woman Accused Of Cat Cruelty Allowed To Keep Her 60 Dogs

SmithGloria Smith, a New York woman accused of cruelty to her cats, is not being forced to surrender her 60 dogs. Smith is accused of keeping dozens of cats stacked in urine-soaked cages in a cellar.

The county said they will seek a court order to prevent Smith from taking in more animals. They said the dogs live in cages outside on the property and appear to be fed and have adequate shelter.

82 cats were seized from Smith’s property. They all were checked out by a veterinarian, and none of the cats had to be euthanized. Currently, the cats are being cared for by an animal control officer on her farm.

Smith said she runs a private shelter named Bennie’s Buddies. She receives money from wealthy benefactors.

Local authorities said Smith’s cellar, which was where the cats were kept, was not properly ventilated and was hot and dark. The cages were stacked two, three high and put on concrete blocks. Deputies said cats were urinating and defecating on themselves.

Smith said she was in the hospital for a week, and one of her kennel workers was caring for the cats while she was gone.

Smith’s neighbors call her an animal hoarder.

Headlines first broke out about Smith in May 2006 when her home burned to the ground which killed dozens of dogs and cats. Since the incident, she has been building a new house and taking in more dogs and cats. The town has cited her for violations of its kennel law.

Authorities said they don’t have the authority to inspect her property or close the private shelter because private shelters are not held to any standards except for cruelty statutes.

“You don’t just shut someone down,” District Attorney Steve Lungen said. “There is a presumption of innocence until it has run its course.”

Source: Times Herald-Record

7 Responses to “Woman Accused Of Cat Cruelty Allowed To Keep Her 60 Dogs”

  1. Lynne says:

    “The cages were stacked two, three high and put on concrete blocks. Deputies said cats were urinating and defecating on themselves.”

    In other words, they were being kept in the exact same conditions as pigs and chickens on a factory farm.

  2. nora says:

    Dogs, LIVING in cages? That is not a life. It is torture.

  3. joel says:

    Good point Lynne.

  4. Moonbeams says:

    Oh, this stinks. This woman could be just making money off the suffering of these poor animals. Can’t imagine them living in cages and no way she can exercise all of them. Ick! Breaks my heart.

  5. Judy says:

    You don’t just shut someone down,” District Attorney Steve Lungen said. “There is a presumption of innocence until it has run its course.”

    Presumption of innocence?????
    Local authorities said Smith’s cellar, which was where the cats were kept, was not properly ventilated and was hot and dark. The cages were stacked two, three high and put on concrete blocks. Deputies said cats were urinating and defecating on themselves.

    Geez another bunch of idiots, let’s see so far this week dog in one community are killed if they have a square face and even slightly resemble a pit bull and this woman is keeping 60 dogs in cages.

    Yep animal rights have come a long way baby.

  6. louisa says:

    How much more proof does this idiot DA need? How much pull does this woman have?
    Something stinks - and it’s not just her house

  7. carmie says:

    some people are sick to treat animals this way


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