Mistreated dogs expected to recover; owner charged

STOCKPORT—Patricia J. Gregory, 42, of Stockport was charged with 14 counts of animal cruelty under Article 26 of the Agriculture and Markets Law by State Police from Livingston, January 15. Each count is a class A misdemeanor, and carries a potential sentence of up to one year in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.

State Police were called to a Majestic Drive residence for a welfare check, January 14. Troopers entered the residence to interview the homeowner and found 11 malnourished dogs in need of medical attention.

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Two of the mixed-breed dogs rescued from a Stockport residence January 14. Photo by Lance Wheeler

Three dead dogs were also found inside of the residence. The home was in deplorable condition with urine and feces covering the floor, police said. The dogs had no food or water.

The investigating trooper immediately contacted the Columbia-Greene Humane Society who took over the care of the dogs. An investigation revealed that Ms. Gregory moved out of the home in November.

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Patricia J. Gregory

She was located elsewhere and police issued her a ticket directing her to appear in Stockport Court February 1.

State Police were assisted by the Columbia-Greene Humane Society and the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office.

CGHS/SPCA Cruelty Investigator and President Ron Perez, along with other CGHS/SPCA staff members, responded to the scene and brought the surviving dogs to the humane society where they were all examined by CGHS/SPCA Medical Director Dr. Jerry Bilinski. Among the findings were emaciation, multiple bite wounds and skin infections.

The dogs are all expected to make full recoveries

The ages of the dogs range from about eight months to five-years-old. The breeds are a mix of spaniels, Shetland sheepdogs and beagles.

“We commend the New York State Police for their quick actions and attention to this horrific crime against animals. It appears that they arrived in the nick of time, otherwise there would certainly have been more fatalities. In addition, we’d like to thank the Columbia County District Attorney’s office for their assistance in this case,” CGHS/SPCA President/CEO Perez said in a press release.
All the dogs will be in need of homes after recovery. Anyone interested in applying for pre-qualification can contact the shelter at 518 828-6044 X 100 or at cghs.org.

State Police warn public of new phone scam
SALT POINT—State Police from Troop K are warning the public about a recent phone scam that has reported in the Troop K area, which encompasses Columbia, Dutchess, Putnam, and Westchester counties.
Every year, victims report losing money to telephone scams. In addition to scamming money from an unsuspecting victim, scammers will say anything to obtain a victim’s personal information. They may claim to work for a trusted company or claim to be calling on behalf of a loved one.
A recent scam is from a caller who claims to work for “Obamacare.” The callers say they work in a local branch of the “Obamacare Services,” and have options to discuss in order for the recipient to avoid tax concerns. An online inquiry into calls from the sources indicated that it is a scam. It’s noted that the Affordable Care Act would not be referred to as Obamacare, said the State Police press release.
Residents should never give out their social security numbers, banking information, date of birth or other personal information to anyone over the phone. Banks do not call and ask for this information. Additionally, if there is any doubt as to the legitimacy of the phone call or email, verify the allegations by contacting the business using a publicly listed telephone number.
Citizens should be cautious of solicitors who:
*Do not provide a legitimate business address or phone number
*Demand immediate payment or payment in cash, wire transfer or money card
*Seem vague as to the circumstances
*Say that money has to be sent in to collect a prize
*Appear angry or impatient when asked reasonable questions about the organization they represent or the reasons for which money will be used. The caller may threaten the resident with arrest if a fine isn’t paid.
For more information on crime prevention visit http://www.troopers.ny.gov/Crime_Prevention/
To report a possible phone scam, visit the Federal Trade Commission’s website at https://www.ftccomplaintassistant.gov/#crnt&panel1-1

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