Susan Davila(left) and Janet Foisett (right)
ATTICA, NY - Two former employees of the Wyoming County SPCA made their first court appearance Thursday afternoon.
Earlier this month, New York State Police filed charges against Susan Davila and Janet Foisett in regards to the investigation involving the SPCA in Wyoming County.
Davila was arraigned on 20 counts of animal cruelty and one count of tampering with evidence.
Foisett was arraigned on one count of tampering with evidence. Their attorney Tom Eoannou told 2 On Your Side the two women had the best of intentions when it came to caring for the animals at the shelter.
"To criminalize these women in my opinion is patently absurd. Here's women that have spent 20-years of their lives caring for feral cats in a no kill shelter," said Eoannou.
Susan Davila's husband Arnie had stong feels about the case he callS unfair.
"Well I think the District Attorney dropped the ball. He should have charged the whole board. I sat on the board too. You know what I don't mind being charged, but you charge the whole board. Not just them two," said Davila.
Troopers say the two women were charged with tampering because they are accused of hiding 200 cats, involved in a separate Erie County SPCA investigation, in the basement of the Wyoming County SPCA for several months.
The women were both released on their own recognizance and are due back in Attica Town Court in July.
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2 On Your Side first told you about this story back in February when Troopers executed search warrants as a result of animal cruelty allegations at the Wyoming County SPCA in Attica and the Wyoming County SPCA Adoption Center located at the Eastern Hills Mall.
Over 500 cats and three dogs were seized. All of the animals have been transferred to other facilities for adoption.