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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-21-2007, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
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Dozens of dogs seized from deplorable conditions

Newsday.com: Dozens of dogs seized from 'deplorable' conditions
BY DANIEL WAGNER

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A missing dog up for sale on an animal rescue Web site led Suffolk County police to a Medford house where they found more than 50 dogs in "deplorable condition" Wednesday, authorities said.

Police on the scene Wednesday night said the house was littered with trash or debris, and animal feces and urine, and that there was no water in the dogs' dishes.

Three people at the house at 3298 Rte. 112 were arrested: residents David Bernacchi, 44, and Karen Schleich, 45, and Kristin Beauchesne, 25, of Shirley.

Bernacchi was charged with animal cruelty and Schleich was charged with possession of stolen property and animal cruelty.

Beauchesne, of 214 Floyd Road, an employee of Bide-a-Wee animal shelter in Westhampton, was charged with grand larceny for allegedly stealing the dog in East Speonk, police said. All three were expected to be arraigned Thursday.

Police gave the following account:

The dog was reported missing Saturday. A neighbor of the owner reported seeing someone in a truck with "Lucky Fund" written on it coax the dog into the vehicle. When questioned by police, Beauchesne said the dog had escaped from her backyard.

The owners were searching for their missing dog on the Internet and found a picture of the dog, a Shih Tzu, which was for sale for $350.

Wednesday morning, the owners reported the discovery to police, which went to the Route 112 home where they found the dogs, many of them sickly.

Friends and nearby shopkeepers said the couple were only trying to rescue the dogs, that they constantly arrived with more packs of puppies collected from shelters in the tri-state area, Louise Castro, owner of a nearby laundromat, said.

"She lived for those dogs," Castro said. "She loved them. She would never do anything to hurt them."

The rented one-story house where the couple lived had feet-high grass, chipping paint and small, tattered American flags.

Suffolk police and veterinarians from the Suffolk Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals moved the dogs out.

A Bethpage woman who asked to be identified as Ilene said she knew the couple through her work with Lucky Fund, the purported rescue organization that Bernacchi ran.

She said Bernacchi had bankrupted himself to care of the puppies.

Officials said the dogs, which included a greyhound, Chihuahuas, a golden retriever and Rottweilers, would be available for adoption.

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-21-2007, 09:09 PM
 
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i hate to see stories like that.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-21-2007, 10:01 PM Thread Starter
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Me too. Seems like some people hurt with their good intentions as much as they help.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 06-22-2007, 03:50 PM
 
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Saw this on the news last night. It's 2 towns over from me.
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