Over 20 Dogs Rescued In Animal Hoarding Case

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ELMIRA, N.Y. (18-NEWS) — The Elmira Animal Control and Shelter are in possession of over 20 dogs rescued in an animal hoarding case.

On February 12, 2015 Elmira Animal Control seized two toy poodles and 19 Pugs including 12 pug puppies for being unlicensed and in a hoarding situation at 378 Clinton Street in Elmira.

During the seizure the owner was arrested on a City Court bench warrant related to prior animal violations. The investigation revealed that the apartment was unsanitary and unfit for habitation and closed down by code enforcement. On February 13th the owner licensed the dogs, paid impoundment fees and made arrangements to move the dogs to an address on Spaulding Street in Elmira.

On March 3, 2015 Elmira Animal Control again seized two toy poodles and 19 pugs including 12 pug puppies for being unlicensed from 378 Clinton Street due to insufficient funds for the prior payment of the dogs’ license. Elmira Police and Elmira Code Dept assisted in the case and more charges are pending.

After rescuing the animals the shelter announced it needed pet food donations and received an outpouring of local support and interest in adoption.

Veterinary Technician Amanda Lamphier said the shelter is thankful for all of the community response.

“We’ve gotten a huge response for them, in all we’ve probably had more than 100 people come in and visit all of the dogs we’ve had tons of people come in and donate lots of really high-quality puppy food small breed food it’s really overwhelming for us because it’s really appreciated.”

The shelter is not currently taking reservations for the three week-old puppies but will when they are approximately seven weeks old. Officials said the shelter will announce on Facebook when holds will be accepted. The shelter encourages anyone interested in donating, volunteering or visiting to stop by the shelter.  

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