Animal Cruelty Case Unveils Shocking Neglect and Abuse on New York Farm

NEW BERLIN, NY – The Susquehanna SPCA and the New York State Police brought attention to a distressing case of severe animal cruelty during a recent press conference. The investigation unfolded after a search warrant was executed on April 26 at Clark Lane and Pig Farm Lane in New Berlin, leading to the discovery of a heartbreaking scene of neglect and abuse.

Executive Director Stacie Haynes of the Susquehanna SPCA described the grim findings, noting the presence of dead animals near the road and sick animals suffering on the property. State Police Captain Marc Barbera highlighted the extensive neglect, suggesting that it had been ongoing for years based on community accounts of avoiding the farm during warmer months.

Authorities seized 107 animals from the property and uncovered two dozen dead animals along with a haunting graveyard of bones. Barbera shared the farm’s decline, attributing it to a fire and a subsequent family death that preceded the neglect. As a result, four individuals are now facing serious charges in connection with the case.

Dominick E. Brown, Jane M. Richards, Helen F. Goude, and Katheriena M. Goude are all charged with multiple counts related to aggravated cruelty to animals and neglect. Despite overwhelming evidence, the owners refused to surrender the animals, claiming they were adequately cared for. The suspects are scheduled for arraignment at the Town of New Berlin Court on May 22 at 9 a.m.

The harrowing details of this case shed light on the importance of proper animal welfare and the consequences of neglect. The collaborative efforts of the Susquehanna SPCA and the State Police serve as a reminder of the ongoing need to protect and advocate for animals in vulnerable situations. As the legal proceedings unfold, the community and authorities alike are focused on seeking justice for the victims of this tragic incident.