An Olivetown County jury found David Delisio guilty of 21 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty on Thursday for keeping his dogs in unsanitary conditions in his barn at 82 Miller Road previous to the barn burning down last year reported the Dailyfreeman.com.
New York's Olive Fire Department discovered the heartbreaking scene of 21 dead dogs all huddled together in the center of the barn surrounded by fecal matter, trash, and debris on June 7, 2013. The jury decided Delisio kept his dogs in unsanitary conditions prior to the fire.
Authorities stated the dogs, golder retrievers, dobermans, and Labrador retrievers died of smoke inhalation. At the time, Delisio was charged with one count of felony animal cruelty, 22 counts of failure to provide food and water for the dogs, and 22 counts of failure to provide sustenance.
On Tuesday and Wednesday, the prosecuting attorney brought witnesses to the stand who attested to huge three-foot piles of excrement and trash throughout the area where the dogs were forced to live.
Delisio and other defense witnesses denied the charges.
No date has been set for sentencing. Delisio's defense attorney stated he will be filing a motion against the use of the word "sustenance" as part of the description of unsanitary facilities in New York law.
Delisio was convicted of a previous animal cruelty charge in 2009.
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