COLUMBIA COUNTY, N.Y. – There is some good news at the end of a story we first brought you earlier this week. Almost all the dogs seized from deplorable conditions in a home in Ghent have been adopted.
Forty-seven dogs in all were taken, along with four birds and one cat.
The humane society says all the dogs will be in new homes by the weekend. They say they received close to 300 adoption applications for the animals.
Workers have spent the last two days cleaning up the animals and making sure they were all healthy.
"I think that a lot of time, people lose control and they don't have the opportunity to provide the care that these dogs need. And unfortunately, we have situations like this. But I think what's positive in the end is these dogs are going to find homes," said Michael DeSantis.
Investigators say the home where the animals were found was vacant and they are still trying to track down the homeowner, Anderson DeSouza, 49, who faces 52 counts of animal cruelty.