Deputies Remove Teen, Animals from Couple

By Cristina Frank
By Kelly McCarthy

October 1, 2012 Updated Oct 18, 2013 at 8:26 PM EST

Windsor, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Thirteen animals, including dogs, horses and donkeys, and a teenager are rescued from a home in Windsor after neighbors complain about deplorable living conditions.
    
The Broome Sheriff's deputies arrested two adults living there, and removed a 13-year-old girl from the home by Child Protective Services.

Colin Zeidensten-Wilson and Jenn Xancada, both 32 and of Windsor, are charged with misdemeanors endangering the welfare of a child and animal cruelty, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Deputies said they arrived on the property around 10 a.m. Monday with a search warrant to find two horses malnourished and with visible sores. That prompted authorities to remove all 13 animals from the property.

"The next step for us here is getting these animals seized and into areas where they can be better taken care of," said Sgt. Jason Ellis.

Investigators said the conditions for the child and the animals were unberable.

Neighbors say the trailer is in such poor condition, the family has been living behind the property in a tent for the past six months.

Neighbors said the smell and the constant noise isn't as bad as seeing the 13-year-old girl living in these conditions.

"Finally somebody heard me for all these years, it's been a long time coming and i'm just glad something is done," said neighbor Maria Garcia.

"Wintertime comes ice, sleet, rain, snow whatever conditions, they're always outside, I hear them with their hoofs banging so they don't freeze," Garcia added.

Both Zeidensten-Wilson and Xancada were released from the Broome County Jail, and must appear in the Town of Windsor Court.

They were released, returning home with Action News still on the scene.    

The couple tells Action news they've been rescuing animals for years, and that it takes time for animals to recover. 

"So we've taken in all these animals, because they didn't have homes and I feel like we're being prosecuted for that," Xancada said.

She said they had been living in the tent for the past two-and-a-half months to protect the donkey and their newest starvation case from the coyotes.

"Just hope that my horses haven't become absolutely fearful being taken from their home and that we can get them back and come home," said Xancada.