Two women are facing animal cruelty charges after a follow-up investigation into an earlier case where animals were previously seized from the same home.
New York State Police say they seized five cats and a dog after executing a search warrant at the home of Kelly J. Simpson, 44, and Cassandra J. Simpson, 19, in the town of Root, Montgomery County. New York on Friday, April 15, 2022.
All of the animals were taken to an animal rescue organization and police say the matter is still under investigation as an assessment is ongoing as to the health and condition of the seized animals.
Currently, the two women are each charged with five counts of torturing or injuring animals/failure to subsist, a Class A misdemeanor under Section 353 of the Farm Act and New York State markets.
In a written statement, the NYSP says the search warrant followed the previous voluntary surrender of 43 cats on the property. Police allege that five of the cats that were returned at the time “clearly needed veterinary attention”.
After being processed and charged, the two women were given appearance tickets and are to respond to the charges within the Root City Court Monday, April 18, 2022.
[AUTHOR’S NOTE: This post is for informational purposes and is based largely on information received from the New York State Police. The reader is reminded that all suspects and arrested persons are innocent unless proven guilty in a court of law. At the time of this posting no additional information is available.]
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