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Police: Nearly 80 Rottweilers Found At Woman's Home In Orange County

WALLKILL, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) -- Police in Orange County arrested a woman in Wallkill on Monday afternoon for animal cruelty after finding nearly 80 rottweilers at her home.

Sylvia Panetta, 64, was arrested and charged after the situation was brought to the attention of police by a worker, possibly a utility worker or cable man, who was working near the Derby Road home, police told CBS 2.

Of the nearly 80 animals found, police said about 20 needed medical care and were immediately removed and brought to various shelters.

The remaining dogs were allowed to stay at the home -- mostly in outside cages -- for the time being as police continued their investigation.

Wallkill Dogs
Dogs at the home in Wallkill. (credit: Handout)

Panetta was released on her own recognizance and was allowed to return to her home.  She is scheduled to appear back in court on May 29.

Police and volunteers were to remain on scene around the clock to monitor situation and make sure the dogs are being taken care of as they try to figure out what to do with all of them, police told CBS 2.

One of the dog pens
A dog pen at the home. (credit: Handout)

Kerry Clair, Director of Pets Alive, told CBS 2 that the first tip about conditions at the home came in about a month ago. She said her organization took in two of the animals that needed care immediately.

Three of the most seriously neglected animals were taken by Pets Alive and then to the animal hospital, 23 puppies were taken to Middletown Humane Society and five pregnant dogs were taken by Middletown Humane Society, Clair said.

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