The Humane Society needs financial help to care for 85 dogs seized from a Naples home

HOPEWELL — The Ontario County Humane Society is asking for financial donations to care for 85 dogs seized last week from a home in Naples. The humane society, which is treating the dogs at its animal shelter in Hopewell, calls this one of the worst animal cruelty cases seen in the county.

“The dogs are slowly healing, but the need is still great and it’s going to be a long road to recovery,” according to a release Tuesday.

Calling the seized dogs the “Naples 85,” the humane society said they are all Cairn and Yorkshire terriers ranging from 4 months to 6 years old.

“The task of caring for so many dogs at once has put a resource strain on the Ontario County Humane Society and immediate funds are needed to treat the dogs. The organization has a goal of $125,000 to properly care for the animals over the next 90 days. The dogs are being treated for fleas, allergies, parasites, and are being spayed, neutered, and vaccinated,” stated the release.

“We are overwhelmed by the mass intake and urgent crisis response this has put on our shelter,” said Ontario County Humane Society Shelter Manager Diane Faas. “The best way to help is to make a financial donation. This will allow us to use the funds to treat the animals (spay, neuter, vaccinate, board, clean and purchase additional supplies) as needed. The outpouring of support we’ve seen from people across the country and even as far as Canada is just incredible. We’re so grateful to everyone who generously opened their hearts to volunteer and donate food, money, and supplies. We cannot do this alone.”

The lobby and hallways of the shelter are overflowing with food and linens. The excess of food may be at risk of spoiling as the Humane Society said its shelter has reached its storage capacity.

“Adoption and foster care for the dogs is the next phase in this process,” Faas said. “Our goal is to quickly and efficiently allow as many of these animals as possible to be made adoptable to (or fostered by) responsible owners. We’re encouraging people to complete an application on our website.”

Because it’s an ongoing legal matter, the dogs cannot be released for adoption until deemed by the court, which could take up to eight months. Another way to help immediately is for people to adopt the other animals in the shelter to make room for the Naples 85, stated the Humane Society.

An investigation led to the arrest last week of Richard A. Justice, 65, and Jane W. Justice, 70, of Lawyer Road in Naples. The pair were initially charged with 73 counts of cruelty to an animal, as well as 73 counts of failure to provide food and water to an impounded animal. The Humane Society seized more dogs during a followup investigation on the property, which added to the misdemeanor charges. The pair are scheduled to appear in Naples Town Court on Aug. 15.

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