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May 15, 2010

Arrest made in city animal-cruelty case

PLATTSBURGH — Police are continuing to find more animals living in deplorable conditions at Michael Malpass's former residence.

He now faces numerous charges.

The Plattsburgh man had been living at his South Acres Road home until earlier this week, when city officials condemned his residence after reportedly finding more than a dozen animals living in neglect, surrounded by dead cats and piles of feces and urine.

The investigation began after a neighbor complained about unsanitary conditions outside of the 51-year-old's residence and voiced concerns about possible animal cruelty.

When authorities arrived, they found at least three dead animals inside the residence and three others in Malpass's vehicle.

Officials deemed the home uninhabitable as they worked to clean the property and rescue the animals.

As of Friday afternoon, 15 cats and three dogs had been captured alive.

The surviving animals are being treated at Eagle's Nest Veterinary Hospital for fleas and parasites and are recovering well, police said.

"We're still taking more animals out of the home," Plattsburgh City Police Lt. Pat Rascoe said Friday.

Malpass has apparently said he couldn't afford to fully care for the animals and had left the deceased animals in his vehicle intending to bury them after the spring thaw.

He has been staying in the area since the raid on his home and was picked up by police Friday to face charges for the prolonged neglect.

Malpass has been charged with nine counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and is expected to reappear in Plattsburgh City Court next week.

He has been released on his own recognizance.

Mayor Donald Kasprzak has called it "one of the worst situations" he's encountered in office.

Malpass has reportedly surrendered the cats, though the status of the dogs was still being worked out as of Friday afternoon.

Anyone interested in adopting one of the cats, which range in size and age, is asked to call City Police at 563-3411.

E-mail Andrea VanValkenburg at: avanvalkenburg@pressrepublican.com

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