Weapons and More Than 200 Animals Seized In Colesville

By James Gaddis

July 22, 2010 Updated Jun 9, 2006 at 11:55 PM EDT

The Broome County Humane Society says these animals, are part of the worst animal cruelty case it's ever seen.

On Tuesday, New York State police found 200 animals at a Town of Colesville property on Cafferty Road.

180 of them have since been moved to this nearby home to be treated.

The animals belong to Janine Ashley and her boyfriend Anthony Troianello.

Police say Ashley is a licensed breeder.

The B.C. Humane society was called to the scene Tuesday, and found half of the animals were diseased.

Some severely.

There were dogs, cats, pigs, goats, peacocks, reptiles, emus, farm animals, and more.

"When we saw the amount of animals that there were, that we could not do this. That we needed help," says Vicki Griffin of the Broome County Humane Society.

So the Humane Society of the United States was called in.

"There are some sad stories there. We found some animals that are very incapacitated," says Jeff Eyre of the Humane Society of the United States.

Eyre says these animals weren't living in the best conditions.

"A lot of feed that we found there some of it had rodents in it, it was stale and moldy," says Griffin.

Each animal will be looked at and temporarily taken care of by the humane societies.

Griffin says where they'll end up hasn't been determined.

Right now, their health is priority number one.

"Hopefully we can get these assessed and determine what needs to be done and get them treatment," says Eyre.

24 year old Janine Ashley was arrested on one count of animal cruelty.

She was given an appearance ticket.

Police say more counts are pending once all the animals are examined.

Ashley was also charged with Criminal Facilitation.

Police say she may have bought many of these weapons for her boyfriend, Anthony Troainello.

They were also seized on Tuesday.

Police found 15 firearms in the home, including three handguns, seven assault rifles and ammunition.

A senior investigator says there's no indication Troainello was a gun collector.

In fact, police say a complaint from neighbors, that an automatic weapon had been fired from his property, was one of their leads.

It was a strange situation. Besides all of the animals, the house was equipped with video cameras and surveillance equipment. So it was very hard to approach the house," says New York State Police Senior Investigator George Goodall.

Troainello was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a weapon.

He's currently in Broome County Jail.

Police say he could also be charged with animal cruelty, which again, will be determined after the animals are examined.

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