Two charged with animal cruelty in Troy hoarding case


    David and Michelle Hempstead (Troy PD)

    TROY -- Two people are charged with multiple counts of cruelty to animals in connection with a hoarding case in Troy.

    In December, police investigated a report of animals not being cared for, and found dozens of animals in deplorable conditions in a home on Campbells Avenue. The animals were removed to Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.

    Michelle and David Hempstead each face 17 counts in violation of Agriculture and Markets Law 353. Michelle Hempstead also faces two additional counts relating to the sale of the diseased animals under Agriculture and Markets Law 357.

    Both were arraigned Friday morning, and released under supervision from Rensselaer County Probation. They are scheduled to appear in Troy City Court on Feb. 21.

    DA Mary Pat Donnelly said "The animals endured deplorable conditions and were denied basic needs such as nutrition and medical care. Troy Police have conducted a lengthy and thorough investigation resulting in the charges brought today. My office will continue to work with investigators to protect these innocent victims and to make sure that the Hempsteads are held accountable for these horrific acts."

    Police said many of the animals have improved in condition, and many have been adopted.

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