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Investigation results in animal cruelty guilty plea

February 13, 2013
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

JAMESTOWN - The Chautauqua County Humane Society is in possession of 26 surrendered collies.

Maureen Ryan of Busti pleaded guilty to animal cruelty in Busti Town Court on Jan. 17. Facing charges of 31 counts of animal cruelty, Ryan accepted a guilty plea to a single count. As a result of the plea, Ryan was ordered to surrender 26 collies to CCHS and was prohibited from breeding any animals for a one year period.

Ryan also consented to allow six unannounced inspections at her residence by the Lakewood Busti Police over a one-year period. The function of the inspection provision is to confirm proper conditions and sustenance is being provided to the five dogs returned to Ryan's possession as outlined in the plea agreement. Moreover, Ryan was ordered not to acquire any additional animals for a one-year period and the dogs returned to her must be licensed by her.

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Pictured are two of the 26 collies available for adoption through the Chautauqua County Humane Society.

Ryan's residence was visited by a CCHS Humane Investigator in December following complaints that numerous dogs were being housed in poor conditions. As a result of the visit, the investigator found the conditions to be poor and unsanitary. Ryan elected to surrender four collies to CCHS. After returning to the CCHS shelter, a medical exam of the surrendered animals found that all were underweight and had other medical concerns.

After reviewing the unsanitary animal housing conditions coupled with the animal medical exam results, a search warrant was requested and issued to seize the remaining 31 dogs housed in cages in the basement of the Ryan residence.

The collies have been cleared for general adoption. The Strunk Road Adoption Center is open Monday, Wednesday and Saturday from noon to 4 p.m., and Tuesday and Friday from 2 to 6 p.m. For more information, visit



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