March 30, 2011

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Marlboro woman arrested for hoarding rabbits

Some of the rescued rabbits

MARLBORO – Ulster County SPCA investigators Wednesday arrested a Mt. Zion Road, Marlboro woman on 64 misdemeanor counts of failure to provide proper sustenance to animals.

Phyllis Edwards, 64, was arrested following an undercover investigation that revealed 64 rabbits living in deplorable conditions with no food or water.

One dead rabbit was removed from the trailer where the animals were kept.

“The animals were living in the worst filth and waste imaginable,” said SPCA investigator David Fix. Many of the animals were emaciated, had open sores, bites, and other injuries.

The animals were brought to the Ulster County SPCA facility in Kingston where they are receiving care and medical attention.

Edwards must return to Marlborough Town Court early next month to answer the charges.

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