Humane Society advocate concerned with Town of Olive animal cruelty case

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TOWN OF OLIVE – A West Shokan woman, who was found guilty on 38 of 53 charges of animal cruelty in a case involving dozens of farm animals including goats, sheep, chickens, dogs, cats, rabbits and other species, may have some of those animals returned to her despite being placed on the Ulster County Animal Abuse Registry.

That is a concern to Brian Shapiro of Woodstock, state director of the Humane Society of the United States.

“That is certainly an outcome that no one would like to see. Also, in the care of these animals, the animal protection organizations, as stated in court, it has cost $250,000 to care for these animals,” he said.

Those agencies, including the Ulster County SPCA, Pets Alive in Middletown and Catskill Animal Sanctuary in Saugerties, should be reimbursed for the expenses, Shapiro said.

The case against Deborah Lejeune has been continuing for over a year.