Two charged for animal cruelty in Dodge kennels case

GETZVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) —  The SPCA announced two people have been charged in association with a raid the SPCA did on a boarding kennel location in Getzville where they found 72 dead animals in the freezer and 71 animals living but in need of rescue.

STORY | Animals rescued from boarding kennel, more found dead in freezers. 

Maria L. Faricellie, 50, and Sheila M. Meli, 49, have each been charged with five counts of animal cruelty. Faricellie, an East Amherst resident, was named as the owner of the animals found ad Dodge Boarding Kennels and Meli, a Niagara Falls resident, was named as the caretaker of the animals.

An SPCA official said unlike some cases where there will be a charge for each animal found dead or rescued, like Beth Hoskins’ 52 charges of animal cruelty, but in this situation, SPCA officials said the SPCA Officer working the case worked with the District Attorney to come up with a fair and reasonable number of charges to present to a judge.

The two decided on one charge per species of animal at Dodge Boarding Kennels — one for cats, dogs, birds, reptiles and small exotics. The SPCA official said that should be easier to digest for the judge and fair for the animals.

They’re both due Jan. 15 in Amherst Town Court at 1 p.m.

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