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Utica animal rescue being evicted after landlord sees video

The landlord, who owns other Utica properties, plans to be here next week.

Posted: May 22, 2019 5:25 PM

UTICA, N.Y. -- The Massachussetts-based landlord who owns the building that houses Road to Home Rescue, on Broad Street, in Utica, was shocked to see the building on the news Tuesday.

"He thought it was gonna be like a doggy daycare. He had no idea to the extent what she was going to be doing in there with the amount of dogs," said the landlord's attorney, Gregg Starczewski, on Wednesday, adding that the building's other tenants are being evicted as well, citing various codes issues. "There's other reasons why he's evicting, but now that he has knowledge of this, this is a big part of it also."

"I had no idea," said Road to Home Rescue Operator, Kim Strong, on Wednesday. "We've been looking anyway and there's a couple places we were looking at."

Starczewski said his client had no idea the amount of dogs currently being sheltered in the building.

"It's my understanding she's going to be served in the next few days," said the attorney. "My client's voiced concerns on what's gonna happen with the animals. There's a lot more than he imagined there and that's one of his main concerns"

The time frame is not yet clear, but Starczewski hopes it will be quick.

"Once a court date has been scheduled, they have 10 days to dispose of the matter, whether it be in favor of her or in favor of my client."

The landlord, who owns other Utica properties, plans to be here next week. 

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