Follow-Up: Why were dozens of animals left to live in deplorable conditions for so long?

Updated: 04/22/2014 5:15 PM
Created: 04/22/2014 5:02 PM WHEC.com
By: Jennifer Mobilia

Neighbors say they've complained about it for years. So why were dozens of animals left to live in deplorable conditions for so long? 

More than a dozen animals have been rescued from a home in Sodus. Many have serious problems including broken bones. Two dead horses were also found on the property.

On Monday, an arrest warrant was issued for the owner. Neighbors want to know why their complaints about how these animals were being treated have been ignored for years.

Neighbors of 53-year-old Cindy Denninger say they’ve reported her countless times to the authorities on suspicion of animal abuse, but nothing was ever done until last week. Officials from Lollypop Farm say seizing animals isn’t always easy especially if a property owner doesn’t allow you on their land.

Adrienne McHargue, Lollypop Farm, said, “The property might not look to be of a high standard, but the animals are actually getting all of their basic needs met per New York State law.”

The Wayne County animal cruelty investigator says that's been the case with Denninger. In a written statement, he says, “I, personally, have been out to view the conditions twelve times since January 1, 2010. Animal cruelty investigators have had veterinarians evaluate the animals on two occasions and the animals were found to be in what would be deemed ‘adequate condition’ as defined by New York State law.”

These are laws that are hundreds of years old and too many are unacceptable.

McHargue said, “They call for a level of care that is well below what the general community believes is right for animals in this day and time.”

Lollypop Farm officials say they hope this case doesn't deter anyone from calling and reporting suspected animal abuse. They say they take every case seriously and will investigate to the best of their abilities.

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