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Three people facing charges in Minden dog seizure case

Thursday, January 31, 2013 - Updated: 8:51 AM


C-S-E News Staff

MINDEN — Three people are facing charges in connection with the seizure of 51 canines at 7145 state Route 5S early this month.

In a news release issued by State Police on Monday, it was noted that the individuals who previously lived at that address were charged by State Police out of Fonda with 52 counts of animal cruelty in violation of Section 353 of the Agriculture and Markets Law. Each charge is a misdemeanor.

A person charged under Section 353 is accused of “overdriving, torturing and injuring animals; failure to provide proper sustenance.”

Diane and Paul Marriott, of Center Street, Fort Plain, and their son, Joseph Marriott, of Park Street, Gloversville, were charged after a complaint was filed and 51 dogs were seized from a barn at the town of Minden location.

Joseph Marriott was additionally charged with second-degree criminal possession of marijuana for allegedly possessing more than 16 ounces of marijuana, second-degree aggravated harassment for allegedly posting a threat to a local shelter employee, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

According to State Police, officials executing the search warrant at a barn at the Route 5S location on Jan. 2 allegedly found uninhabitable conditions including “an unheated and element-exposed structure, frozen water, a deceased canine, and many of the canines lying in fecal matter.

Additionally, they reported finding dogs suffering from “various health-related issues including frostbite, open sores and worms.”

The three subjects were arraigned in Minden Town Court on Friday, Jan. 25, at which time Minden Justice Frank Alford set bail at $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond each for Paul and Diane Marriott.

Because of the additional charges, Joseph Marriott’s bail was set at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond, Alford said.

Each of the subjects made bail that afternoon and was released to reappear on Feb. 25.

Trooper Mark Cepiel, the Troop G public information officer for the New York State Police, on Tuesday said that no additional charges are anticipated in connection with the canine investigation.

The future disposition of the dogs is tied to the court proceedings.

State Police Investigator Deborah Komar said none of the owners have surrendered their dogs, so none are available for adoption at this time.

Currently, the dogs are housed at care facilities in five different counties.

Finally, no arrests have been made in connection with arson investigations at 7145 state Route 5S. Komar said those investigations are ongoing.


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