13 dogs left, 2 judgments against former Broad Street animal rescue operator

Former shelter operator, Kim Strong, was not in court, but Elyse Giurco, founder of Road to Home Rescue Support, on Long Island, was.

Posted: Jun 18, 2019 12:32 PM
Updated: Jun 18, 2019 5:33 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- There are now two judgments against the controversial dog rescue on Broad Street, in Utica.

Former shelter operator, Kim Strong, was not in court, but Elyse Giurco, founder of Road to Home Rescue Support, on Long Island, was.

Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri, the lawyer for the landlord of the Broad Street building, a city attorney, and the founder, all stood before Utica City Court Judge Gerald Popeo Tuesday morning.

The judge signed two orders: one, ordering Kim Strong to pay roughly $8,400 in unpaid rent. And, an eviction order.

The judge stayed that order until the end of the month, because Giurco, told the judge she hoped the remaining 13 dogs at the shelter would be safely placed by the end of the week. She also expressed concern about what to do if Strong, who no one has seen or heard from, showed up at the Broad Street rescue.

“Nobody knows where she is, but if she did come, we could have her removed?" said Giurco, the founder.

"Once she's served with the warrant 72 hours have elapsed, she technically has no legal right to be in the premises. Were she to be on the premises, she would be trespassing,” said Popeo.

The rescue is now down to 13 dogs, from 102 dogs three weeks ago.  Giurco is confident the remaining 13 will be gone by the end of the week, but the judge is staying that eviction order, with respect to the animals and volunteers helping to place them, until the end of the month.

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