Kathy V. Fortis, 56 and Henry Fortis, 56, were arrested for animal cruelty, cops say.
Suffolk County SPCA detectives responded to a call from the Centereach Fire Department where multiple dogs and cats were found living in deplorable conditions. It appears that the fumes from the house set off their fire alarm.
Ten (10) dogs including beagles and chihuahuas and twenty (20) cats were living in the single family home located in Centereach which was covered with feces and urine. The odor was overwhelming. The house was condemned as inhabitable by the Town of Brookhaven Attorney's Office.
All of the animal were surrendered and transported to the Town of Brookhaven Animal Shelter for evaluation.
Kathy V. Fortis, 56 and Henry Fortis, 56, were charged by SPCA detectives with misdemeanor animal cruelty and are scheduled to appear in First District Court in Central Islip on September 5, 2019.
This was a joint effort with Centereach Fire Department, Suffolk County Police Department, Brookhaven Fire Marshal, Brookhaven Animal Shelter and Investigators from Brookhaven Attorney's Office.
Chief Gross said that animal cruelty will not be tolerated in Suffolk County. If you witness any incident of animal cruelty or neglect in Suffolk County please contact the Suffolk County SPCA at (631) 382-7722. All calls will be kept confidential.
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