Animals seized from property in Sodus, police searching for owner

Updated: 04/21/2014 5:41 PM
Created: 04/21/2014 5:01 PM WHEC.com
By: Jennifer Mobilia

More than a dozen horses, a cow, chickens and hens were all seized from a property in Sodus. Investigators say they were all living in dangerous conditions and police are searching for their owner.

Investigators say what they found was disturbing, including two dead horses. Many of the surviving animals have serious wounds and are malnourished. Nearly two dozen animals were taken from the property in Wayne County. 

Vets at Lollypop Farm are hoping they can get the animals back to good health. The conditions they were living in were absolutely deplorable. As for their owner, there is now a warrant for her arrest. The district attorney says he’s willing to get the governor involved if that’s what it takes.

Neighbors describe the house where 53-year-old Cindy Denninger lives in Sodus, Wayne County.

Gordon Wilfeard, neighbor, said, "There's wood, there's paper, there's equipment all over the place and the buildings look like an earthquake went through. It's just awful."

Last week, authorities seized dozens of animals from Denninger's property that the Wayne County District Attorney says were severally malnourished and neglected.

Richard Healy, Wayne County District Attorney, said,  "Apparently some of the horses were eating posts, the wood, trees, which is, of course, an indication of starvation."

Two horses found dead on the property were buried.  Fifteen others were taken to Lollypop Farm.  All were in need of medical care. One of the horses had a broken leg. A miniature horse, a cow and nearly 20 birds were taken to Cracker Box Palace in Wayne County, where they are still being evaluated. 

Meanwhile, the district attorney has issued a warrant for Denninger's arrest.  

Healy said, "Her daughter lives in West Virginia I understand. She actually told the DEC officer that on Saturday. Then he told me. I then called the sheriff's office and said arrest her now.  They got a warrant Saturday and we can’t find her, so I'm guessing she's left the state.”

One neighbor says Denninger had good intentions of caring for her animals. She just didn't have the cash.

Steven Woodard, neighbor, said: "Almost like a hoarder, she has a kind heart and wants to do something, she just doesn't have the means.”

Meanwhile, at Lollypop Farm, where 15 of those horses are being cared for, officials say this is not going to be cheap and they could really use some donations to help out.  If you would like to donate, click here.

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