Owners of unlicensed animal rescue arraigned on more than 200 cruelty counts

Two people facing 102 animal cruelty charges

Two people facing 102 animal cruelty charges

The owners of an unlicensed animal rescue operation in Cohoes have been arraigned on more than 200 counts of animal cruelty.

Jennifer Uhl and Andrew Tremblay, operators of Empawthy Rescue, turned themselves into police on Wednesday at 5 p.m., according to the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. 

Police and MHHS peace officers searched the couple’s home on Jan 17 and found extreme conditions of filth and overcrowding. They removed 102 live animals including 47 dogs, 52 cats, three ferrets and 16 deceased pets found in a freezer.

Each owner was charged with 102 counts, one for each animal.

The animals are being treated for various conditions including parasites, infections and malnourishment, according to the animal shelter.

The Mohawk Hudson Human Society is asking for the public’s help in identifying the animals recently seized so they can establish their medical histories and provide the best care. Photos will be posted on the Facebook page.

Anybody with information is asked to send an email to AnimalCruelty@mohawkhumanesociety.org.

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.