Woman neglected 40 dogs, Ulster SPCA says
Daily Freeman - Published: Saturday, July 31, 2010
KINGSTON — A 52-year-old woman has been arrested and charged with failing to provide proper sustenance to a dog and faces further charges in connection with 40 dogs that were found in cages and without food or water, according to the Ulster County Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Marie Castaldo of the Super 8 Motel in Kingston was arrested Thursday night by SPCA investigators, Shandaken police and the Ulster County Sheriff’s Office, and charged with one count of failure to provide proper sustenance to animals.
According to Brian Shapiro, the SPCA’s executive director, 39 additional counts are pending. He said the arrest followed a year-long investigation.
Shapiro said the dogs were discovered in the empty storefront of the former Phoenicia Feed Store at 1026 Old Route 28 in Phoenicia and were in varying states of poor medical condition.
He said they had no food or water and were covered in their own wastes. He called it a “classic case of hoarding” and said the animals had “no quality of life whatsoever.”
The SPCA seized all of the dogs, which are now receiving emergency medical care at the shelter in Kingston.
Shapiro said the investigation is continuing and is also looking into allegations that Castaldo sold dogs from her “collection” in the parking lot of a local supermarket in West Hurley.
Castaldo was arraigned and sent to Ulster County Jail in lieu of $10,000