Fighting to Survive After Being Left to Die

By Brandi Devine

July 5, 2012 Updated Jul 5, 2012 at 5:32 PM EST

Conklin, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A Conklin woman is arrested for animal cruelty after three dogs were found dead in her home and 13 others malnourished. The Humane Society says this could be the worst case in years.

Christine Macan, 61, was arrested on July 4 and charged with felony animal cruelty.

The13 dogs that survived were malnourished and covered in feces.

After multiple calls from neighbors, New York State Police and the Broome County Humane Society responded to Macan's home with a warrant.

Animal Cruelty Investigator Tarah Tripp tells Action News the three dead dogs were Dobermans, and in crates when she found them.

The 13 surviving dogs were also Dobermans. They're bones were showing and they were covered in feces.

"The smell of feces and ammonia. The amount of flies and bugs inside the home. The debris of hoarding objects on top of dogs in crates 24/7 covered in they're own feces was unacceptable," said Tripp.

The Humane Society is in great need of monetary donations, Pedigree Adult Nutrition Dog Food, and Flea Treatment.