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West Haverstraw Woman Charged With Animal Cruelty Could Face Arrest

One of the dogs seized form the home.
One of the dogs seized form the home. Photo Credit: Hudson Valley Humane Society/Facebook

ROCKLAND COUNTY, N.Y. -- A West Haverstraw woman charged with 69 counts of animal cruelty who failed to show up for an arraignment hearing Tuesday, could face arrest if she doesn't appear for her new hearing date of Aug. 1.

Dohyun "Helen" Lee was charged Oct. 3, with the charges after Hudson Valley Humane Society officials seized the 69 animals including four dogs, along with 65 geese, chickens, ducks and a swan from her home on North Central Highway after receiving a warrant through the Haverstraw Police to enter the home, said Ann Marie  Gaudio, president of the Humane Society.

Once humane law enforcement officers entered the home they found floors covered in feces, urine, and mold throughout the building, Gaudio said.

Many of the animals were in poor health condition and had to be treated by a veterinarian for treatment of various maladies, humane society officials said.

Once the animals were removed,  the home was declared uninhabitable because of the health hazards, and because Lee was living without power or water.

"She was a classic hoarder," said Gaudio. "They don't understand what they are doing is wrong."

But, luckily, she added, more and more people are willing to step forward and report these types of situations when they are uncovered.

"How could you live with yourself if you knew this was happening to poor animals," she added.

Lee was charged with 69 counts of torturing and injuring animals and failing to provide proper sustenance, and 69 counts of failure to provide food and water to an impounded animal. All are misdemeanor counts.

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