Ruth Urban- BrightStar German Shepherd Rescue
This article is from the Finger Lakes Times NY
Newark woman pleads guilty to dog shelter violations
By JIM MILLER/Finger Lakes Times
Friday, June 20, 2008 10:11 AM CDT
LYONS - The president of an animal rescue organization pleaded guilty last week to 12 violations of the dog shelter law.
Investigators had considered bringing animal cruelty charges against Ruth Urban of 4346 Route 88 North, Newark, after recovering 35 dogs and two parrots from her home May 22. But District Attorney Richard Healy said they found insufficient evidence.
“The animals were actually in good condition,” he said. “They were fed, groomed.”
Urban, who heads the Bright Star German Shepherd Rescue Group, was given a conditional discharge, ordered not to possess more than 15 dogs for five years and ordered to pay $500 in restitution to the Humane Society.
The Society also has the right to inspect her property, Healy said.
Twelve dogs were returned to Urban after her June 11 plea. The remaining dogs were surrendered to the Humane Society, which euthanized some but found people to adopt the majority, Healy said.
Investigators in May determined that Urban had more dogs than she could properly care for and was keeping some in crates that were too small.
“I'm confident that she will improve the situation and will continue to do the good work of animal rescue,” Healy said.
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