Ulster County SPCA charges animal abuse in two separate cases

Photos from a residence in Gardiner where UCSPCA officials say animals were kept in substandard conditions

Daniel Abbott, of Pamal Ln., New Paltz, was charged with one count of unjustifiably injuring and animal, a misdemeanor under New York State Agriculture and Markets Law. It is alleged that  Abbott used pruning shears to stab his dog, Bandit, in the hind leg during an incident at Abbott’s residence. Bandit has received medical care and is being held at the Ulster County SPCA’s Kingston location.

In the village of Gardiner, Joy VanVlack Weis was charged with 13 counts of failure to provide proper sustenance, all misdemeanors under New York State Agriculture and Markets Laws, following the execution of a search warrant at her Dusinberre Rd residence. It is alleged that Weis failed to provide necessary medical care to her injured alpaca, and allowed her other animals to live in substandard conditions. All seized animals are being held at the Ulster County SPCA’s Kingston location.

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“When we choose to include animals in our homes and our lives, it is incumbent upon us to treat them as well as any family member,” said Adam Saunders, executive director, UCSPCA. “Sadly, in these cases, that wasn’t happening.”