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Case ID: 20070
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull), bird (pet), rabbit (pet)
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Sunday, Jan 19, 2014

County: Washington

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Neil E. Jordon

A Glens Falls man who allegedly abandoned 20 dogs, exotic birds and rabbits in a Shushan home was charged Tuesday with 16 misdemeanors that include him of neglecting the animals as well as three children who stayed with him periodically.

Neil E. Jordon, 44, was charged with 3 counts of endangering the welfare of a child and 13 counts of animal cruelty, police said.

Washington County sheriff's Senior Investigator Bruce Hamilton arrested Jordon on Tuesday afternoon in connection with the abandonment of animals in a rental home on county Route 64A where he had been staying until recent weeks, officials said.

He is accused of leaving behind 11 small purebred dogs, including a number of dachshunds, that were found last week by the building's owner in cages with no heat or unfrozen water. Two rabbits and birds had died but the dogs found in cages were expected to survive.

Two small dead dogs were found in a freezer Sunday, and Jordon told police they had been killed when attacked by wild animals near the home. Hamilton said necropsies were to be performed to determine how they died, and additional charges were possible.

The endangering the welfare of a child counts were filed because three children stayed with Jordon at times with no heat in unsanitary conditions at the home, according to the Sheriff's Office.

Jordon breeds dogs and also works as an animal groomer at a veterinarian's office in the Glens Falls area, and most of the dogs found in the home did not belong to him but had been left with him for grooming.

"He only owns two of the dogs," Hamilton said.

Jordon told police he moved out of the house because of a lack of heat. The furnace and fireplace were having problems, he told police.

Police believe the animals were left behind in the unheated home from Jan. 19 to Jan. 23, when the building's owner found them.

"He claims he was going back to the house to take care of them," Hamilton said.

He also is involved with regional dog show circuit, having shown dogs at events.

Jordon was arraigned in Salem Town Court on Tuesday afternoon and sent to Washington County Jail for lack of bail.

Hamilton and sheriff's Deputy Todd Riche are handling the case.

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