Home investigated for possible mistreatment of animals

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CITY OF ONEIDA — A rural home in Madison County is under investigation for the possible mistreatment of animals, according to law enforcement officials.

Police said they were dispatched to a residence on Cobb Street, northwest of the city, on Sept. 2 for a reports of mistreated animals, possible squatters and trash on the property. Police said three dogs were found on the property, and they appeared to be fed and given water.

Police said they found a large amount of trash and refuse spread all over the property, an overgrown lawn and living/sleep quarters in a shed on the property.

The home appeared to be abandoned at first, then police said they found several people hiding in the back. The people on site told police they were there to clean the property for the owner while the owner was in the hospital. Police said they confirmed this story with the owner and continued checking the property, eventually finding evidence of drug use and possible codes violations.

A city codes enforcement officer was called to the residence and a part of the property was ordered to be vacated until the violations were addressed. The people found on the property were advised to continue their cleanup efforts, along with taking proper care of the dogs.

Police said they returned to the residence on Monday and found that minimal cleaning efforts had been done, and the dogs’ living conditions were “deplorable”. Police said no one answered the door at the residence and the dogs were seized and taken to Wanderers’ Rest Humane Association in Canastota. Police said the investigation is continuing

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