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On April 29 we told you about 44 small breed dogs found abused and neglected in Wyoming County. Now sheriff’s deputies thehave made an arrest, including a Batavia man.

54-year-old Joseph Wenzel Jr. of Bank Road in the Town of Middlebury is charged with 44 counts of animal abuse and one count of falsely reporting. 77-year-old Joseph Wenzel Sr. is charged with 44 counts of animal abandonment.

Wyoming County Sheriff’s Deputies say the dogs came from the City of Batavia and described the chronology leading to the arrest.

On Friday, April 26, BPD responded to a home on Thorpe Road in Batavia due to a complaint of barking dogs. Officers observed eight small dogs and left a note because the resident didn’t answer.

Two days later, Wenzel Jr. called 911 stating someone had dropped off 50 Chihuahuas in cages at the end of his driveway on that Friday. He said he fed the dogs and they were contained. Police responded and decided not to move the dogs until the next morning.

44 dogs were found crammed into three small crates at the Middlebury residence. One was deceased. An investigation determined it was Wenzel Sr. who dropped off the dogs Friday morning after the City of Batavia Officer was at his residence on Thorpe Street. Wenzel Sr. told authorities he could no longer care for the dogs.

Wenzel Jr. was committed to the Wyoming County Jail on $10,000 bail. He is due in Town of Middlebury Court June 3.

Wenzel Sr. is awaiting arraignment in Warsaw Court.

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