Protesters stand with signs outside court date for alleged animal abusers

FARMERSVILLE, N.Y. (WIVB) — Outside an arraignment for two farmers from Cattaraugus County stood protesters who held signs decrying crimes Donald and Bonnie George are accused of committing.

Police and SPCA officials have been investigating the George family since learning they may not have provided adequate care for their dogs. The realization led to the seizure of multiple dogs, and a broader investigation into their 600-animal farm.

The property, although since sold off, had extremely poor conditions for over 600 animals inside, including horses, birds and more. The SPCA was forced to assume care of the animals with the help of local farmers.

Charges eventually mounted to a total of 24 against the family, and they were scheduled to appear in court on Tuesday night in Farmersville.

Lawyers walked into the courthouse to protesters holding signs decrying alleged animal crimes committed by the George family. They pointed out that the George family has had run-ins with the law in the past.

A judge eventually adjourned the case to next Tuesday, when lawyers will hear all charges read against the George family. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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