It's a story we've been looking into you since Friday, claims of neglect at a dog breeders' home in Sprakers. The dogs have been living outside in what the dog warden called primitive shelters, but now a judge says those shelters, aren't enough. Time Warner Cable News Reporter Barry Wygel was in court today for a proceeding initiated by the Montgomery County SPCA to have the dogs removed.
SPRAKERS, N.Y. -- Animal rights activists who felt helpless after police found no wrongdoing in the case of a dog breeder in Sprakers, had their day in court.
"It allows everyone to move on and make sure the dogs are safe, which was the only purpose in bringing this," said a Lawyer.
On Tuesday in Montgomery County court the owner of the 60 plus dogs, Herbert Wiech, met with lawyers from the SPCA to come up with a plan to remove the dogs from cold conditions.
Hours later, State Police, working with the SPCA, removed the dogs from the property, "The agreement is that he will take the puppies, the puppies will live indoors."
A majority of the adult dogs will be temporarily relocated while new homes can be built for them.
The owner has two weeks to build better shelter for the dogs, and if he does, he gets them back.
An agreement that doesn't sit well with the man who jump started the social media campaign to get the dogs taken away in the first place.
"It's good that we have the animals and we're giving them the safety out of the elements right now and giving him a chance to change, but what good is it if we are going to give him back all the animals. Five years down the line we're going to be right back here," he said.
Lawyers say the property will be inspected regularly and thoroughly before the dogs are brought back from the temporary shelter.
He says even if the public isn't 100 percent satisfied, this is better than the alternative.
"There is a dog put down in our country every eight seconds. Our shelters are overburdened. Our rescue groups are overburdened," he added.
Wiech is due back in county court on the Jan 21, to give an update on the renovations he is conducting. The SPCA has agreed to pay the costs of the temporary housing until that date.