Wyoming County Man Charged with 44 Counts Of Animal Abuse

May 9, 2013 Updated May 9, 2013 at 2:12 PM EDT

By Mitch Simon

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Wyoming County Man Charged with 44 Counts Of Animal Abuse

May 9, 2013 Updated May 9, 2013 at 2:12 PM EDT

Middlebury, N.Y. (WKBW) - A Middlebury man was arrested Thursday on multiple counts of animal abuse after 44 dogs were found inside three one-animal cages on April 29th.

On April 28th, 54-year-old Joseph Wenzel Jr. called 911 Stating someone had dropped off 50 Chihuahua dogs in cages at the end of his driveway on Friday.

He then stated he had fed the dogs and the animals were contained. Wyoming County Animal Control and a sheriff’s deputy responded to the residence and it was decided not to move the dogs until the morning.

The following day, Wyoming County Animal Control Officers and Sheriff’s Deputies removed 44 dogs from the residence. One dog was deceased.

After an investigation, it was determined the dogs were dropped off Friday morning by Wenzel's father after a City of Batavia Officer was at his residence. He later told officers he could not take care of the the dogs, which were originally from the City of Batavia.

Thursday, Wenzel was arrested and charged with 44 counts of Animal
Abuse and one count of Falsely Reporting. He was arraigned by Warsaw Justice Sundt and was committed to the Wyoming County Jail on $10,000 bail.

He will reappear in Middlebury Court on June 3rd.

Further charges are pending.