August 16, 2019 05:11 AM
NAPLES, N.Y. (WHEC) — Thursday was a big day for the 85 terriers that were rescued from a hoarding situation in Naples. For the "Naples 85," the hope is that a judge will release custody to the Ontario County Humane Society to get these dogs adopted.
These small dogs have quite the story.
"They were very much covered in fleas, hair loss, eyes with discharge, very nervous and skittish," said Dianne Faas, the shelter owner at the Ontario County Humane Society.
Faas was part of a team that went into a Naples home in late July and rescued 85 terriers now nicknamed the "Naples 85." For now, the dogs are staying at the Humane Society.
"To this magnitude, this is the largest case we've had in the county," Faas said.
Authorities are charging Jane and Richard Justice with animal cruelty. In a packed courtroom where cameras weren't allowed, they pleaded not guilty to all charges. An Ontario County judge ruled not to give the Humane Society custody of the dogs on Thursday. This means they cannot be adopted at this time, but the next court date is set for Sept. 26.
"We can still get these animals out into foster homes," Faas said. "That means that they will be temporarily housed off-site, but that is not a permanent arrangement for these dogs."
The Ontario County Humane Society put out a plea for help with the Naples 85 and the community answered. So far, more than $70,000 has been raised and most of that will go to vet bills. Support has been pouring in from all over the area.
"It's just about making sure these animals are cared for and have a voice," said Mary Nesbet, of the Hornell Humane Society. "Because without us standing up for them, they have nothing."
Whenever the judge grants custody to the Humane Society, they will start finding the dogs permanent homes. However, each dog will have to be spayed or neutered before they can be adopted.
The Humane Society is still taking donations and volunteers.
Updated: August 16, 2019 05:11 AM
Created: August 15, 2019 11:18 PM
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