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SPCA, county quickly settle lawsuit

'Three year fight’ leads to animal control deal, details forthcoming

Cats living inside neglected conditions at the home of Rotterdam resident Michelle Regels were removed by Schenectady County SPCA on Thursday, Oct. 6.

Cats living inside neglected conditions at the home of Rotterdam resident Michelle Regels were removed by Schenectady County SPCA on Thursday, Oct. 6. Submitted photo

— According to the lawsuit, the SPCA faxed a written request to the county Sheriff’s Department asking the department to assume control of the animals on Thursday Oct. 6, prior to the arrest. The request also said the organization would seek a court order if there wasn’t action taken by the department.

After receiving the request the Sheriff’s Office called Tully the same day and allegedly left a voicemail on his phone stating the Sheriff would not assume custody of the animals.

Tully said funding would be an element of the settlement between his organization and the county. The SPCA is a volunteer organization and doesn’t receive taxpayer funding. The final plan, he said, would include revenue generation, so the tax base isn’t raised.

“All I can say right now is that when the terms of this settlement are enacted, we intend to have much more positive results in the future when dealing with deplorable cases like the one we witnessed in Rotterdam,” Tully said in a prepared statement.

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