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Sheriff: Follow-up will happen after 20 dogs found without shelter, needing medical attention

Sheriff Jim Allard reports that deputies arrested a 38-year-old Corning man following an investigation into animal cruelty.

They responded to a residence on Rose Road in the town of Corning due to a report of possible cruelty. A DEC officer had previously responded to the location due to a report of unlawful burning, and observed several crated dogs who appeared to be in a state of distress.

Deputies observed 20 dogs who were without adequate shelter, six of which were deemed to be in need of immediate medical attention.

It’s alleged that Robert Thomas, 38, of Corning failed to provide adequate shelter for the dogs. He was issued an appearance ticket.

Deputies say they will revisit the property to ensure that appropriate medical attention and shelter was provided to the animals.

Sheriff Allard thanked the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, Town of Animal Control Office, and New York State Police for their assistance in the investigation.