The animals hadn’t received vaccinations to protect them from common ailments like kennel cough, she said.
Pet store employees were going from one pen to the other, which could cause the spread of parasites and infections, Burdo said.
Burdo said Staley surrendered the kittens but kept possession of the puppies.
Their fate won’t be determined until the court rules on Staley’s case.
A New York State Agriculture and Market hearing is scheduled for Tuesday in Albany.
“It’s so sad,” Burdo said. “I can only put my faith in the court system and judicial system to do the right thing.”
Burdo said that having a person employed specifically to ensure the safety and just treatment of animals in the area would take pressure off law enforcement.
“I wish we had a peace officer or a cruelty officer in this area who was specifically vested in animal cruelty.”
She said that if a position like this existed, it likely wouldn’t have taken so long for Staley to be charged.
Burdo expressed her thanks to Lt. Scott Beebie of Plattsburgh City Police and Janet Collier of Ag and Markets for their work on the case.
“I’m so glad that finally agencies are cooperating together to address these issues and to get something done.”
Many of the kittens from the pet shop had severe cases of ringworm, ear mites, upper respiratory infections and other types of infections, Burdo said.
All the kittens are in an isolation room to protect the other animals at the shelter.
“We have very strict isolation protocol here at the shelter, and our staff is highly trained in sanitation and prevention of cross-contamination,” Burdo said.
She is calling for the public’s help.
“Because the kittens are in isolation, the shelter needs many items to prevent contamination.”