BUSTI - More than two dozen collies seized as part of an animal cruelty case are now available for adoption at the Chautauqua County Humane Society.
According to a news release, Maureen Ryan of Busti pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty in Busti Town Court on Jan. 17. As a result of the plea, Ryan was ordered to surrender 26 collies to the Chautauqua County Humane Society and was prohibited from breeding any animals for one year. Ryan also consented to allow six unannounced inspections at her residence by the Lakewood-Busti Police Department over the next year.
The function of the inspection provision is to confirm that proper conditions and sustenance is being provided to the five dogs returned to Ryan's possession as outlined in the plea agreement. Ryan was also ordered not to acquire any additional animals for one year and that the dogs returned to her must be licensed by her.
Ms. Ryan's residence was visited by a Chautauqua County Humane Society humane investigator in December following complaints that numerous dogs were being housed in poor conditions. As a result of the visit, the investigator found the conditions to be poor and unsanitary. Ryan elected to surrender four collies to the Humane Society. After returning to the shelter, a medical exam of the surrendered animals found that all were underweight and had other medical concerns.
After reviewing the unsanitary animal housing conditions coupled with the animal medical exam results, a search warrant was requested and issued to seize the remaining 31 dogs housed in cages in the basement of the Ryan residence.
The collies have been cleared for general adoption.
The Strunk Road Adoption Center is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m. and Tuesday and Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. For more information, visit www.spcapets.com.