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41 charges given to suspect who held dogs in ‘deplorable’ conditions

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FRANKLIN, N.Y. (WBNG) -- Authorities have arrested a man on multiple animal-cruelty related charges Wednesday.

The Delaware County Sheriff's Office announced the arrest of 41-year-old Asir Azmat of Franklin, N.Y. and charged them with 41-counts of violating New York's animal fighting and cruelty laws.

A breakdown of the charges is listed below:

  • 21 counts of possessing dogs under circumstances evincing an intent that such animals engage in animal fighting
  • one count owning or possessing animal fighting paraphernalia with the intent to engage or otherwise promote of facilitate animal fighting
  • 20 counts of over-driving, torturing and injuring animals - failure to provide proper sustenance

The sheriff's office notes that the charges are all misdeamenors.

On Feb. 5, the sheriff's office says officers discovered 20 unlicensed dogs confined in "deplorable conditions" at a location on County Highway 21 in the town of Franklin. They say the dogs were without proper food, water or care.

According to the sheriff's office, authorities found no evidence of dog fighting activity, however, they observed "traumatic scars and injuries to the canines along with equipment" that are consistent with dog-fighting activities.

Azmat was also ticketed by the Town of Franklin Dog Control Officer and charged with 19 counts of harboring an unlicensed dog.

The Delaware County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Town of Franklin Clerk, Dog Control Officers from the towns of Walton, Hamden, Sidney and Franklin, the village of Sidney Dog Control Officer and volunteers from the Delaware County Humane Society.

Seven of the 20 dogs are now in the hands of the Broome County Humane Society.

WBNG Staff

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