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Tuesday, Jul 13, 2010County: Oneida
» William French
» Carol Gravlin
Case Updates: 1 update(s) available
Two people from Utica are under arrest after animal control officers say they not only neglected multiple pets but also made them live in deplorable conditions.
The officer says he was called to 1130 Bleecker Street in the city for a report of a dog bite. When he got there, he found a dead guinea pig inside a cage in the hallway. Upon further inspection, the officer found filthy and unsanitary conditions including feces, urine, garbage and cockroaches infesting the entire second floor apartment.
The officer seized seven dogs (1 beagle, 2 terriers and 4 chihuahuas), 2 rabbits, several tropical fish and a living guinea pig. All animals were transported to the Stevens-Swan Humane Society, where they will undergo staff and veterinary evaluations before being offered for adoptions. One of the chihuahuas is being secured under a bite hold order.
William French and Carol Gravlin are now facing multiple charges. Charges against William French include ten misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty (torture/animal injury/ not feeding an animal) and seven violations of housing dogs in unclean conditions. Charges against Carol Gravlin include ten misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty (torture/animal injury /not feeding an animal) and seven violations of housing dogs in unclean conditions, seven violations of failure to license dogs and seven violations of failure to vaccinate dogs. Both denied ownership of the dead guinea pig.
They were taken to the Oneida County Jail and later released with a pre-trial scheduled for Utica City Court on Monday July 26th at 9:00am.
Utica City Codes investigators will also be citing the residents for various violations. The building at 1130 Bleecker Street was posted 'Not to be Occupied' due to the unsanitary conditions.
|Police are looking for two people who failed to show up in Utica City Court Friday morning to answer accusation of them torturing and failing to feed more than 10 pets inside their apartment.|
Judge Gerald Popeo issued bench warrants for William French, 57, and Carol Gravlin, 48, when they missed their scheduled court appearances, court officials said. The duo was expected to report on whether they want to plead guilty or not.
French and Gravlin were charged in July after an animal control officer discovered a dead guinea pig inside their 1130 Bleecker St. residence, as well as feces, urine, garbage and cockroaches, authorities said.
Seven dogs â€" including a beagle, terriers and four Chihuahuas â€" as well as two rabbits, several tropical fish and a living guinea pig also were seized at the time.
French was charged with 10 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and seven violations of housing dogs in unclean conditions.
Gravlin was charged with 10 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty, seven violations of housing dogs in unclean conditions, seven violations of failure to license dogs and seven violations of failure to vaccinate dogs.
|Source: uticaod.com - Nov 19, 2010|
Update posted on Nov 20, 2010 - 11:31PM
- wktv.com - Jul 15, 2010
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