Greene County woman charged with five counts of animal cruelty

NEW BALTIMORE—Sandra Maurer, 43, was charged with five counts of animal cruelty by Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA and the Greene County Sheriff’s Office, October 30.
C-GHS/SPCA Investigators Andrea Walker and John Leone and Deputy Sean McCullouch found five dogs on the brink of starvation.
Ms. Maurer surrendered six dogs to officials, five of them were found to be extremely emaciated, according to Dr. Jerry Bilinski of the Chathams Small Animal Hospital, who examined the dogs.
“These dogs are clearly victims of animal cruelty via starvation and the owner will be held accountable for these horrific actions,” said Ron Perez, president/investigator of the Columbia-Greene facility in Claverack.
Ms. Maurer was charged under state Cruelty Law Article 26 section 353, failure to provide proper sustenance. Each of the five counts carries a maximum sentence of 1 year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Each of the seized dogs will be rehabilitated through Marvin’s Fund, a
fund that the humane society has dedicated to rehabilitating animals that have fallen victim to animal cruelty.
To help the canine victims from New Baltimore, mail contributions
to Marvin’s Fund, C/O Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA, 125 Humane Society Road, Hudson, 12534, or visit the website at
www.cghs.org/donation.htm to donate online.

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