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Five Dogs Found Dead, 21 Taken Alive In Rockland County

Five dead dogs and 21 live ones were found living in filth in a Stony Point home.
Five dead dogs and 21 live ones were found living in filth in a Stony Point home. Photo Credit: Stony Point Police

ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- Five dead dogs and 21 adult Husky dogs were taken from a Stony Point home on Thursday after the Hudson Valley Humane Society received complaints of unsanitary conditions, according to the Stony Point Police.

The dogs were removed with a search warrant by the humane society, the Stony Point Police and several other agencies at 13 Chestnut St., owned by Jerome Adler, 75,  who lives in the home with his wife, said Lt. Daniel Hylas.

The warrant was obtained after the society received several complaints of abuse, neglect and unsanitary conditions at the home, Hylas said.

Hylas said that officers found squalid conditions including urine and fecal covered floors and conditions not safe or suitable for dogs. Approximately 21 adult Husky dogs were taken alive from within the small ranch-style home. The dogs were in various stages of health, he said.

Animal Control officers from Stony Point, Haverstraw and Orangetown responded and assisted with transportation to Hudson Valley Humane Society where each will be evaluated by a licensed veterinarian, he added.

Further investigation by HVHS agents discovered at least five animal carcasses believed to be dogs, both within the home and outside the home in trash bags and plastic garbage cans, police said.

Police requested additional services from the town's health, building, and adult protective services to come to the location.

The home was deemed unsafe for human habitation and condemned. All utilities have been shut off for safety until the numerous health and building code violations can be addressed.

The HVHS is continuing the investigation of the homeowner for numerous violations and misdemeanors of the law. Charges are pending.

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