BRANT, N.Y. — Two people are facing several animal cruelty charges.
Jesika Bristol-Glore and Joseph Glore of Brant are accused of keeping dozens of animals in unsanitary and unhealthy living conditions.
The SPCA of Erie County says it was called to the home on April 22 following complaints from neighbors. Officers ended up removing eight dogs, three horses, three cats, and 32 chickens.
"In the country, we're facing something called highly pathogenic avian influenza," SPCA officer Lindsey Wood said. "So very high stringent bio hazard measures had to be taken to make sure those chickens were cared for, transported in proper bio fashion, and also quarantined to make sure they were negative for influenza."
Jesika Bristol-Glore was arraigned on nine counts of overdriving, torturing and injuring animals, failure to provide proper sustenance and 40 counts of failure to provide proper food and drink to impounded animals (misdemeanors under New York Agriculture and Markets Law).
A no-animal order was issued at Thursday's court appearance in Brant, meaning that Jesika Bristol-Glore can't have any animals for the time being.
A bench warrant was issued for Joseph Glore, who did not show up to the hearing on Thursday evening.
“I want the residents of Erie County to know that my office is committed to protecting the welfare of all animals. This defendant is accused of failing to provide food and water to more than 40 animals living on her property. Animal neglect is a crime. When you bring an animal into your home, you are responsible for their care. I want to thank our partners at the SPCA for their work in this investigation and the many services that they provide to help animals in our community,” said Erie County DA John Flynn.
“The SPCA Serving Erie County works together with the community to ensure all animals are treated humanely, with respect, and that includes farm animals,” said SPCA President/CEO Cait Daly. “The fact that District Attorney Flynn and his team stand behind ending cruelty to animals of all types reminds us once again of why we are so proud to serve this county. This particular instance involved work and assistance from various organizations and individuals, and it’s inspiring to witness this community working together as a team, expressing zero tolerance for any form of animal cruelty.”