DANUBE, N.Y -- Multiple animals including dogs, cats, and livestock were seized at a property in Danube today in what is being described as a disturbing animal cruelty case.
Property owner Paul Tarbox was arrested by State Police and charged with Felony animal cruelty as well as one other Misdemeanor charge.
The animal rescue agency Pause 4 all Paws was called in to seize the animals Saturday morning. Director Johanna Stock said that this property has had multiple animal cruelty complaints in the past.
"I've been doing this rescue for seven years and for the past three to four years, I've had numerous complaints," said Stock.
Johanna tells NEWSCHannel 2 that the owner would house the animals in an abandoned school bus located on the property without food or water. She said the dogs would often sleep on their own feces as wells as bodies of other dead animals.
Two dead animals were taken from the property. One was a small puppy, the other a baby kitten that passed shortly after rescue.
Although animal cruelty is now a felony in New York State, Johanna said the laws still don't go far enough.
"But one of the biggest frustrations as a rescuer is that the charges don't stick. They get lowered or dropped altogether and then this happens again," said Stock.
Pause 4 all Paws is now seeking the public for help. The animals that they rescued on Saturday morning are going to need a lot of care which will cost the organization thousands of dollars.
They are asking the public to donate at this link https://www.pause4allpaws.com/donations-0.html. They will use the money to help pay for the medical bills as wells as food and supplies for the animals.