Care In Animal Cruelty Case Hits $100KPosted: Updated:
Five months after 150 animals including horses, cattle, birds and rabbits were seized, more of their health problems have surfaced.
"Breathing problems, ulcers, complications with pregnancies, that sort of thing," said Anne Woods, founder of A Little Bit of Heaven.
Woods heads up the North Lawrence rescue group that found foster homes for the animals. She says costs continue to mount.
"Right now we're in the ballpark of approximately $100,000. That includes vet needs, farrier needs, feed needs and special needs," she said.
That's about $20,000 a month. The animals are being kept at foster homes in Jefferson, St. Lawrence and Franklin counties. And there are more now than when they started.
"The animals involved in the case are increasing. There's babies being born," said Woods.
The group has faced criticism for taking on such a large case.
"In all honesty, I don't know any other non-profit organization that would have the funds to care for that many animals and that many needs at any one time," said Woods.
But, she says the group cannot afford this case indefinitely.
The cruelty case against the owners, Leroy Burnham and Joanne Armstrong, may be headed to trial. That could keep the animals in foster care quite a while longer.
To donate to the animals' care, contact A Little Bit of Heaven, 35 Hallahan Rd., North Lawrence, NY 12967, at (315) 276-5415 or