45 dogs rescued from deplorable conditions in a one bedroom NYC home

A Queens man was charged with animal cruelty on Tuesday for allegedly keeping dozens of abused, dirty and malnourished dogs and puppies in his home without proper care.

Fred Thomson, 69, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with one complaint on 90 counts – 45 counts of “failing to provide a confiscated animal with adequate food and drink” and 45 counts of “running over, torturing and harming animals/failure to provide food” , according to a press release from Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz.

A heartbreaking video provided to The Post on Tuesday shows the 45 puppies – some of them shaking – being cared for at a shelter, officials said.

The animals were rescued on Nov. 16 after members of the NYPD’s Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad served a court-issued arrest warrant on the Broad Channel home.

“The animals were found covered in feces and urine, with dirty coats, overgrown nails and gum disease,” Katz said.

ASPCA staff take care of puppies.
The puppies were rescued on November 16 after the NYPD’s Animal Cruelty Investigation Squad served a court warrant.
The ASPCA stepped in to help the dogs after they were rescued.

“[Investigators] also found several white mattresses, almost entirely stained brown with excrement and chewed throughout.”

A strong smell of urine came from the apartment. Response personnel needed masks, respirators and other personal protective equipment to rescue the animals, officials said.

An ASPCA worker takes care of puppies.
Response personnel used masks and respirators to rescue the dogs.

“Animals are voiceless members of our community who deserve proper care and sustenance,” Katz said. “In my time as a District Attorney, I have seen far too many instances of cruelty to these sentient beings who feel pain and suffer in the same ways as humans do.”

The video shows ASPCA staff treating the animals, clipping their claws and restraining them after they were rescued.

“When we became aware of the extremely poor conditions these dogs were in, we quickly mobilized to stop their suffering and provide them with expert medical and behavioral care,” said Matt Bershadker, President and CEO of ASPCA.

ASPCA staff take care of puppies.
Some of the animals had gum disease when rescuers found them.

If convicted, Thomson faces up to a year in prison. His next court date has been set for February 6.

https://nypost.com/2022/12/06/45-dogs-rescued-from-deplorable-conditions-in-1-bedroom-nyc-home/ 45 dogs rescued from deplorable conditions in a one bedroom NYC home


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