Angel's Gate Owner Slapped with New Animal Cruelty Charges

By Jenna Hanchard

May 16, 2012 Updated May 17, 2012 at 1:17 AM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) A Delaware County woman, known across the country for her work caring for abandoned and badly hurt animals, faces more than a dozen new charges for animal cruelty.

The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals says it conducted an undercover investigation in 2011 of the Delhi-based program, Angels Gate, led by Susan Marino.

"You see animals who are on death's door and who are being denied the very basics of comfort and life and pain relief," said PETA spokesman Dan Paden.

Marino's Attorney, Jim Hartman, says she was slapped with 17 misdemeanor charges for animal cruelty.

" PETA collected the evidence that prompted officials to open an investigation that led to the charges," said Paden.

Action News spoke to Marino, but she referred all questions to her attorney who said a special prosecutor from Broome County filed the charges Tuesday night.

Hartman says, "the charges hold no merit," and suggested that Action News interview the dogs and the cats that are in Marino's care.

PETA, however, says that won't be necessary.

"It's up to PETA and it's up to the prosecutor and it's up to the evidence to tell their sad story. When that comes out in court, they'll prevail, justice will prevail and Ms. Marino will hopefully be told to leave animals alone in New York State," said Paden.

PETA says about 300 animals are still in the care of Susan Marino.

Marino is set to appear in court in the Town of Kortright on August 14, at 1:00 pm.