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Elmira man sentenced to six months in jail for starving dogs

Seymour's jail sentence is the first one in recent years for animal cruelty.
Seymour's jail sentence is the first one in recent years for animal cruelty.
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Judge Steven Forrest sentenced William Seymour, 57, to 180 days in jail on Tuesday in the Elmira City Court for starving eight dogs at his home last year reported the Seymour faced the maximum sentence of a $1,000 fine and a year in jail for the Class A misdemeanor.

Seymour was originally charged with eight counts of animal cruelty and one count of keeping an animal in unsanitary conditions. Rose Seymour, who was also charged with animal cruelty, pleaded guilty in earlier court proceedings. She had moved out the previous year, but stated she had purchased food for the dogs, but William Seymour never fed them

City Manager Kimberlee Balok Middaugh stated it is the first time in recent history that anyone has served jail time for animal cruelty. Seymour was taken to the Chemung County Jail.

In August 2013, eight starving and malnourished Labrador retrievers and Labrador retriever mixes were removed from his home on Oak Street in Elmira. One of the dogs died; the others were adopted to new homes.

According to the city's animal control director, Craig Spencer, Seymour has a previous conviction of animal cruelty dating back to 1991. He served weekend time in the county jail for not providing proper sustenance for his dogs.

A state wide animal cruelty registry is still pending. The State Assembly has not passed the legislation which would require the names and addresses of all people convicted under Buster's Law in New York State to be listed on a registry which would become public knowledge to any rescue organizations, breeders, and pet stores.

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