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EXCLUSIVE: Housemates describe accused animal abuser

May 02, 2018 02:28 PM

GLOVERSVILLE – The housemates of accused animal abuser Steven Riach say that he has a temper and he's getting what he deserves. But they also say that his 14-year old dog "Kane" may die of a broken heart with Riach in jail, even if Riach had abused him.

In Gloversville City Court, Riach, 30, entered a plea of not guilty and was sent back to the Fulton County Jail with bail set at $25,000. The official charge is Aggravated Cruelty to Animals, a violation of the Agriculture and Markets Law, a Felony.

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"I waited and waited and waited and I said I had enough, I'm not going to sit here and watch this kitten die," said housemate Kariona Cohn. "I ended up calling animal control and the cops. I said, 'There's a severely hurt kitten here. A man just like literally body-slammed his dog and threw a kitten."

The woman who has adopted the kitten, once named "Batman" and now named "Walden," was also in court with other members of the Regional Animal Shelter. "Call anybody," she said. "There's always somebody out there that can help you: 'Look, I'm about to lose my temper with this animal, can you come and help me?' There's always somebody you can call. So that's...yea, just make that phone call."

Riach is due back in city court on July 11 unless it's moved to County court.

Besides "Kane," there are two other kittens – "Gypsy" and "Olaf" – from the same litter as the injured kitten -- all living in the house on Fox Street.

WEB EXTRA -- (not seen on TV): Extended interview with alleged cat abuser's housemate

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