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The Times
  • Minden barn burns; former dog-breeding site

  • State police are investigating whether someone set the fire that consumed an empty barn that had housed a pit bull breeding operation in Montgomery County.

    The fire early Saturday at about 5 a.m. in the town of Minden leveled the former cow barn where 51 pit bulls were seized in January. The owners of the dogs face animal cruelty charges. Their lawyer says the dogs were not mistreated.

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  • State police are investigating whether someone set the fire that consumed an empty barn that had housed a pit bull breeding operation in Montgomery County.
    The fire early Saturday at about 5 a.m. in the town of Minden leveled the former cow barn where 51 pit bulls were seized in January. The owners of the dogs face animal cruelty charges. Their lawyer says the dogs were not mistreated.
    There were no animals in the barn when it burned down, and no injuries were reported.
    Nobody lives at the address any more.
    Investigators said there were two previous attempts to burn down the barn.
    Police said the cause of the fire at 7145 state Route 5S is suspicious.
    Fort Plain Fire Department responded, as well as the state Office of Fire Prevention and Control.
    Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 518-853-3742.
    Three people were charged in connection with the seizure of the dogs.
    Diane and Paul Marriott, of Center Street, Fort Plain, and Joseph Marriott, of Park Street, Gloversville, were charged with 52 counts of animal cruelty.
    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.

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