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Officials probe possible animal abuse case

SHUSHAN -- Authorities say they were alerted to a devastating case of possible animal abuse this week.

Washington County officials are now investigating after a landlord found a number of animals dead or dying in a rental property on County Route 64A in Shushan. They say a patrol was dispatched to the residence, where they found dogs, rabbits and birds that appeared to have been abandoned.

According to authorities, 11 dogs were found, all of them alive, but without water, food or clean cages. Five rabbits were also found, but three had already died, as had several exotic birds. They say there was no water for any of the animals, and minimal food, along with no heat and unclean living conditions.

The town animal control officer examined the animals and they were taken to the Cambridge Valley Veterinary Hospital. The hospital says they currently have all 11 dogs, along with the two surviving rabbits, and 10 finches.

The Sheriff's Office says they are waiting for results of the examination of the animals so that they can determine appropriate charges along with the District Attorney's Office. They say it remains an ongoing investigation.