[EDITOR’S NOTE: This post contains pictures of dogs and cats that have allegedly been subjected to substandard conditions. The images may be disturbing for some. The reader is advised to use discretion.]
Two Otsego County women are under arrest, facing multiple charges after officials said several dogs and cats were left inside an abandoned trailer.
A member of the New York State Police has been dispatched to check the welfare of animals at a property on Taylor Hill Road in Edmeston, New York. According to a written statement from the NYSP, the “preliminary (investigation) at the scene revealed that several dogs and cats were living inside an abandoned trailer in squalor, with minimal or no ventilation, no access to water and without proper care”.
The owners voluntarily gave up all eight animals – three dogs and five cats – and the Susquehanna SPCA of Cooperstown helped capture and remove the animals from the trailer. Susquehanna SPCA veterinarians were also able to do initial exams on the animals to determine what additional care is needed.
The owners, identified as Tamara L. Tophoven, 57, and Rebecca Tophoven, 43 – both from Edmeston, New York – were arrested on Saturday, July 2, 2022. Each was charged with the following:
- four counts of the Agriculture and Markets Act involving excessive driving, torture and injury to animals (misdemeanor)
- Failure to provide adequate sustenance
Both women have been issued appearance tickets and are due to appear in Edmeston City Court on July 18, 2022 to face charges.
The animals are always cared for. The NYSP says the dogs have all been adopted but the cats have yet to find their forever homes. Anyone interested in adopting or supporting animals should call the Susquehanna SPCA at: (607) 547.8111.
[AUTHOR’S NOTE: This post is for informational purposes and is based largely on information received from the New York State Police. Regardless of any statements regarding potential evidence presented or accusations alleged, 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.]
[EDITOR’S NOTE: Some of the photos below are of dogs and cats that have allegedly been subjected to substandard conditions. The images may be disturbing for some. The reader is advised to use discretion.]
Two Edmeston women arrested after pets allegedly left in trailer
On July 2, 2022, New York State Police arrested two women from Edmeston, Otsego County, after several dogs and cats, many in need of medical attention, were allegedly left in a trailer. The Susquehanna SPCA of Cooperstown assists with the assessment, veterinary care and eventual rehabilitation of companion animals.
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