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The Times
  • Authorities rescue more than 50 dogs from puppy mill

  • More than 50 dogs and puppies have been seized after a puppy mill was discovered at a rundown barn between Sanders Road and Airport Road in the town of Minden on Wednesday night.

    Several calls were made to state police, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department and Fort Plain police about constant barking and alleged conditions at the location.

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  • More than 50 dogs and puppies have been seized after a puppy mill was discovered at a rundown barn between Sanders Road and Airport Road in the town of Minden on Wednesday night.
    Several calls were made to state police, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Department and Fort Plain police about constant barking and alleged conditions at the location.
    State police Public Information Officer Mark Cepiel said troopers executed a search warrant at 7145 State Route 5S on Wednesday night. On Thursday afternoon, the dogs could still be heard barking as police continued to move the dogs from the barn to local animal shelters and pet rescue associations.
    Cepiel on Thursday said law enforcement has been involved in the ongoing process of removing the mostly pit-bull breed from the barn. “Charges are possible today, but when we conduct an investigation such as this and have to seize animals it takes time.,” he said.
    The cold weather was a factor that allowed for police to take the animals from the owner, who has been identified as Joseph Marriot, said Cepiel.
    On Thursday Marriot said, “I’ve had my kennel since I was a kid. I was raised with these when I was growing up.” He added, “I’m not very happy. They’re holding them on me.”
    Two days before the execution of the warrant, Marriot claimed the sheriff’s office and dog warden said “it was okay.”
    Montgomery County Under Sheriff Jeff Smith said deputies and the dog control officer had been at the location prior to Wednesday night. “We had been there and said his licensing and rabies vaccinations were okay, but we were still investigating.”

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