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July 12, 2013

Seized kittens in care of Elmore SPCA

PLATTSBURGH — Elmore SPCA needs donations to care for the 11 kittens Plattsburgh City Police seized from Northern Puppies.

The pet-store owner, Tammy Staley, was charged Wednesday with 20 counts of cruelty to animals, a misdemeanor.

Police found two dead kittens at Northern Puppies. Sixteen other kittens were seized, but two of them were ill beyond healing and had to be euthanized by a local vet, Elmore SPCA Shelter Manager Rebecca Burdo said.

Of the remaining kittens, one was at Eagle’s Nest Veterinary Hospital in Plattsburgh Thursday after its eye was removed because of a severe infection.

A cat from the pet shop with a new litter of four of five kittens is also at Eagle’s Nest, Burdo said.

“By late (Wednesday) afternoon, all the kittens were brought to Elmore SPCA in Peru and were resting comfortably,” the release said.

Burdo said it is difficult to tell the age of the kittens at the shelter because their small size could be due to malnourishment. She estimated that ages range from 5 to 7 weeks old.

“Some of their bellies are quite full, but that’s because they’re full of worms,” Burdo said.


Elmore SPCA has been receiving complaints about the conditions at Northern Puppies for more than a year, she said.

The shelter has been filing complaints with law-enforcement agencies for quite some time, too, Burdo said.

On July 2, Burdo said she went to Northern Puppies to offer to take possession of the cat with the new litter of kittens.

“I was trying to give her (Staley) some information,” too, Burdo said.

Several puppies were there.

“I can tell you that there was no food or water (at times) and when they were watered that there was only one water dish,” Burdo said. “You could see them scrambling and fighting to get to that one water source.”

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