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The Times
  • Three arrested after seizure of 51 dogs in Montgomery County

  • Three people have been arrested in connection with the 51 dogs removed from a barn near the village of Fort Plain earlier this month, according to state police in Fonda.

    The three, who previously resided at 7145 state Route 5S in the town of Minden, were charged with 52 counts of animal cruelty in violation of section No. 353 of the Agriculture and Markets Law.

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  • Three people have been arrested in connection with the 51 dogs removed from a barn near the village of Fort Plain earlier this month, according to state police in Fonda.
    The three, who previously resided at 7145 state Route 5S in the town of Minden, were charged with 52 counts of animal cruelty in violation of section No. 353 of the Agriculture and Markets Law.
    Diane and Paul Marriott, of Center Street, Fort Plain, and Joseph Marriott, of Park Street, Gloversville, were charged after a complaint was filed and 51 dogs were seized from a barn at the town of Minden location on Jan. 2.
    Joseph Marriott was additionally charged with second-degree criminal possession of marijuana for allegedly possessing more than 16 ounces of marijuana, second-degree aggravated harassment for posting a threat to a local shelter employee and unlawful possession of marijuana.
    All three were arraigned in Minden Town Court and released on bail to reappear in court on Feb. 25.
    The puppies and dogs were safely removed from the barn after authorities received several complaints regarding the alleged conditions and barking coming from the barn.
    State police, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office and Fort Plain police then executed a search warrant and proceeded with a joint investigation. Once authorities arrived on scene 51 dogs were found inside the barn with frozen water. They were removed and taken to area animal shelters.
    At the time of the seizure, police said there was no heat in the barn and many of the dogs suffered from illnesses. One dog died, police said previously.
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