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Schoharie County woman charged with animal cruelty

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It's been weeks of medical attention and some tender loving care for more than 100 cats and dogs seized after deputies say they were abused by their owner in Schoharie County. As YNN's Maria Valvanis tells us, many of those pets are now looking for someone to take them home.

SCHOHARIE COUNTY, N.Y. -- Kerrie Colin said, "They're all doing really well. Everybody has acclimated very well."

It's been a busy and expensive month for Kerrie Colin and the rest of the crew at the Animal Shelter of Schoharie Valley.

"We've had to switch the cats over onto their third antibiotic now because they were pretty sick, so they had a little bit of a resistance built up," said Colin.

Sick from what investigators say were deplorable living conditions. They took more than 99 living cats, two dogs and 67 dead cats from 50-year-old Irene VanDyke's Wright home, last month.

Investigator Nelson Armlin said, "She came in to turn herself in the other day. She was totally appalled. Those were her exact words for the whole situation."

"She was charged with cruelty to animals and failure to buy proper sustenance, food and stuff like that," said Sheriff Tony Desmond.

But back at the shelter, Colin says meals won't be an issue for quite a while. Donations fill up two sheds and part of the entryway is full of food.

"The outpouring for that has been unreal. We're very grateful," said Colin.

About twenty of the cats are ready to be taken to loving homes, but at this point, only one's been adopted.

"Everybody is now being able to be held and handled and they're all very friendly," said Colin.

And of course, you can't forget about Tommy. Thanks to the proper medication, the chocolate lab is now able to get up on his own and roam the shelter and is also ready for adoption.

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