Not Guilty Plea In Animal Cruelty Case

By Haley Burton

Not Guilty Plea In Animal Cruelty Case

July 17, 2012 Updated Jul 17, 2012 at 4:24 PM EDT

Conklin, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A Conklin woman pleads not guilty to felony animal cruelty after three dead dogs are found in her home.

Christine Macan, 61, was sent to the Broome County Jail after appearing in Town of Conklin court on Tuesday. Macan was arraigned on one count of felony aggravated animal cruelty.

16 dogs were found in her home on Shaw Road in the Town of Conklin on July 4. Three of them were dead and others authorities say were emaciated and covered in feces.

The remaining Doberman breed dogs are currently in the care of the Broome County Humane Society.

One of the dogs taken from the home that was under a veterinarian's care has since died.

"I'm pleased to say all the remaining dogs have been gaining a substantial amount of weight. They've all been very friendly. They've been very happy and getting their exercise. They've had several baths and are actually starting to become looking like a Doberman as they should," said Tarah Tripp, Animal Cruelty Investigator for Broome County Humane Society.

The Humane Society is currently taking applications for adoptions of the dogs. There are 10 available. Tripp says two have already found homes.

Macan's bail is set at $500 cash or $1,000 bond.