Owner of animals seized from property in Sodus turns herself in

Updated: 04/25/2014 10:29 PM
Created: 04/25/2014 1:29 PM WHEC.com
By: Lynette Adams

She's accused of neglecting animals and on Friday, she turned herself in. Police say Cindy Denninger left more than two dozen starving animals on her property in Sodus. Investigators say they also found two dead horses and several other animals with broken bones.

Last week, investigators came to Sodus looking for Cindy Denninger. They didn't find her, but what they did find was enough for them to issue a warrant for her arrest. On Friday morning, she turned herself in

Rick Healy, Wayne County District Attorney, said, “We had information she left the state. That was correct. She told us today she had gone to West Virginia.”

Denninger was out of town while district attorney Rick Healy says her animals were starving to death.

It was too late for two horses. Fifteen other horses were seized and brought to the Humane Society at Lollypop Farm where workers are providing food and nutrients to bring them back to full health.  

A cow, a pony, and several chickens were rescued from the farm in Sodus as well. Healy says he would have done whatever necessary to bring Denninger back.

Healy said, “These animals suffered and they shouldn't. People shouldn’t be allowed to do that. There are laws against that. She should be prosecuted and she will be.”

Healy says some of the animals had injuries and received no care from a veterinarian. Doug Boise has lived down the road from Denninger for about 12 years. He was not surprised about the arrest and says the long harsh winter has taken its toll on local farmers.

Doug Boise said, “It's unfortunate for the horses and the animals definitely. It's unfortunate for them because I do think they had good intentions.”

Healy said, “There are organizations, humane societies that will take the animals. Not do nothing. You can't afford hay, so you don't buy hay. You can't do that. She needs to be held accountable.”

Denninger is facing only misdemeanor charges. The maximum she could get is two years behind bars. But Healy says he's looking to stop her from ever getting animals again.

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