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34 abused dogs, cats rescued from condemned Fulton Co. property

NORTHAMPTON -- 32 dogs, eleven cats, seven puppies and one rabbit were found without food and water at a condemned Northampton property.

According to the Fulton County Sheriff's Department, deputies were called to the home after authorities got information that people and animals were still living on the property after it had been condemned.

When deputies arrived to the home on Route 30, they found dozens of animals living in deplorable conditions. Some of the animals were found inside the home and others were found inside a camper. Both the camper and the building had dirty litter boxes, piles of dog feces and bugs everywhere.

The Sheriff's Department says the animals were found in small crates stacked on top of one another. None of the animals had been fed or watered recently although there was food on the property.

Most of the dogs were Chihuahuas. There were also three Lab mixes and a German Shepard.

Neither the building or the camper had any ventilation, and with these scorching temperatures, created extremely dangerous conditions for the animals.

Even under these conditions, only one dog was in need of medical treatment and was taken to a nearby vet. All the other animals were taken in by Helping Paws Rescue in Broadalbin.

No arrests have been made at this time but the Sheriff's Department says they are still investigating and charges will be determined later this week.

Who lives at or owns the property is unknown at this time.
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