Animal shelter: Animals seized in Cohoes raid had numerous diseases
Numerous diseases have been found in the over 100 animals seized from an unsanctioned animal rescue operation in Cohoes.
The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society on Jan. 17 raided the 410 Baker Ave. home of Jennifer Lynn Uhl and Andrew Tremblay, and seized 47 dogs, 52 cats and three ferrets. The pair had been operating Empawthy Rescue, which did not have any license.
Veterinarians examined the animals and found numerous zoonotic diseases transmissible to humans and highly contagious viruses transmissible to other animals, the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society said in a statement.
The organization urged anyone who is fostering or has recently adopted a pet from Empawthy to isolate that pet from any other resident animals and seek the advice of their veterinarian immediately.
The pair is allegedly continuing to purchase pets from Craigslist and trying to arrange transport of animals from unknowing shelters in other states, the humane society said.
Uhl is facing animal cruelty charges. She previously told NewsChannel 13 that she had a lot more animals than expected when the seizure happened, and it stemmed from a transport from Texas that came in Sunday morning that was not supposed to come to her home.
MHHS is working closely with the Colonie Police Department and the Albany County District Attorney’s office on this ongoing investigation.