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Police: 76 dogs living in horrific conditions, owner charged with animal cruelty

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An anonymous tip leads police to a major raid at a home in Middletown where they say they found more than 70 dogs living in horrific conditions. YNN's Venise Toussaint has the story.

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. -- Sick, malnourished and barely able to walk, Police said this Rottweiler was one of 76 dogs found living in deplorable conditions inside the home of Sylivia Penetta, 64.

“There was very little shelter, there’s very little food and what can only be described as insect infested water,” said Town of Wallkill Police Chief, Robert Hertman.

Penetta is charged with two counts of animal cruelty. Police was using a website under the name Karousel Kennels to advertise the sale of seemingly healthy dogs but when they raided her home. Police said they found the dogs in these deteriorating cages being fed sliced bread. 5-year-old Josh was so sick he was taken to a Pets Alive Shelter forced to have a leg amputation in order to survive.

“you can tell that he was probably stuffed in a small location where he wasn’t able to get up and move about because he was not able to put any weight on that leg," said Janet Pirog, Veterinary Liaison for Pets Alive.

The home, less than half a mile away from Pets Alive is set so far back from the road neighbors say they never knew how many dogs or how bad the conditions were.

“We hear them all the time barking back there but we never knew there was that many,” said one woman.

“This is just angering, to know this was going on down the road,” Pirog added.

Officials were first called to the home in last month, that’s when they noticed two dogs in dire need of medical attention.They later obtained a warrant allowing them to seize all of the animals.

“Seventy-six rottwielers kept at one location by one person with the inability to take care of them is a serious issue,” said Town of Wallkill Supervisor Dan Depew.

Town of Wallkill Law restricts owners to four dogs unless operating a shelter or a licensed breeder. Police said Penetta was once a licensed breeder but never in the town of wallkill.

“It makes you think twice about people out there and what they’re willing to do to animals,” Pirog said.

The dogs are now being nursed back to health-as rescue groups look to place them in loving new homes.

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