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Landlord 'disgusted' by condition of tenant's home with abandoned pets

April 14, 2017 06:32 PM

COLONIE - The landlord of the Colonie home that suffered thousands of dollars in damage and had four abandoned pets is speaking out.

Sam Faragon says he hadn't heard from Terry Shellenberger or his family in months, showing NewsChannel 13 text messages of their last exchange in January.

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Faragon says Shellenberger had fallen behind on their payments to National Grid, which is why the electricity was shut off to the home. When he hadn't heard from him, he stopped by the house himself this past weekend.

"I sent several messages to him, him and his wife, no response. I opened the back door and let myself in and I was absolutely disgusted at what I saw. It was covered in urine, feces and the basement had probably six feet of water in it," recalled Faragon.

Two dogs and two cats had been left in the home with the water running.

Faragon had people cleaning up the home over the past few days and says will have the house rented out again in a month.

Shellenberger is facing charges of criminal mischief, failure to provide proper sustenance and failing to register a change of address as a sex offender.

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