(WBNG Binghamton) A supposed animal shelter and rescue is shuttered and its owner facing cruelty and other charges following a yearlong investigation.
The self-proclaimed animal "hospice and rehabilitation center" in Delhi has been making headlines for nearly two years.
Angel's Gate was designed to house and treat sick and injured animals. Owner Susan Marino guaranteed a place in her heart and home for sick pets. Costs were tied to care.
A four-week undercover investigation by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), showed that was not the case.
The investigation showed animals in various states of life and death. Paraplegic dogs were left to drag themselves around to the point their skin was worn to the bone, while wheel chair carts hung from a fence outside. Animals were either kept alone in cribs or in overcrowded rooms, which led to fights and injuries that authorities say were also left untreated.
Marino is facing 22 counts of animal cruelty, all misdemeanors, in Delaware County Court.
Angel's Gate was forced to close as part of a settlement of a lawsuit involving the New York State Office of the Attorney General. According to the Attorney General's Office, Marino failed to report the amount of donations she received since 2007.
The court ruled that Marino had to immediately dissolve Angel's Gate.
Marino was ordered to remove all of the animals in her care and to list who they were with and where and when they were transferred. She is prohibited from caring for any animals in the future, from holding any managerial role in any charitable organization for 10 years and have any direct contact with charitable funds.
- Animal Cruelty, 22 Counts