Charges of Animal Cruelty at Hospice Shelter

By By Dave Greber
By By Matt Hicks

Charges of Animal Cruelty at Hospice Shelter

December 31, 2011 Updated Jan 3, 2012 at 4:55 PM EDT

Delhi, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A local woman, known across the country for her work in caring for abandoned, badly hurt or even dying animals is facing several charges for animal cruelty.

The Delaware County District Attorney's Office has charged Angel's Gate and its founder, Susan Marino, with five counts of cruelty to animals and one county of possessing illegal drugs.

The animal rights organization, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, claims it had been performing an undercover investigation of the Delhi-based program.

This, after receiving several complaints about filthy conditions and overcrowding.

PETA says it submitted the video to the Delaware County District Attorney's Office, which then conducted its own investigation that lasted several months.

PETA's National Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch says the animals were suffering on a daily basis

"Animals that were disabled were deprived of things so basic, as the ability to relieve themselves," said Nachminovitch.

PETA says the animals remain at Angel's Gate in Delhi, although they are working with the state Attorney General's Office to have them removed while the case plays out in court.

Meanwhile, we also spoke with Susan Marino, and she says the organization has nothing to hide.

She says Angel's Gate prides itself on good record-keeping, and that animal medical records speak for themselves.

Marino tells us she's sad that it came to this, and that she's confident she'll win the fight in Delaware County Court.

Marino tells us her goal of moving the shelter to Delhi from Long Island was to provide education and jobs for the community, and she invites anyone to come to the shelter and see the animals for themselves.