"Deplorable conditions" is how animal rescuers described the scene they came across this weekend.

White retriever in cage

According to the Daily Freeman, two Ulster County men were charged with several animal cruelty counts this past Friday after the Kingston Police Department and the Ulster County SPCA executed a search warrant at 182 Hasbrouck Ave in Kingston. Gary Vogt and Lewis Humbolt were charged with 15 misdemeanor counts torturing and failure to provide proper sustenance for their pets. They were also charged with 15 more misdemeanor counts on failure to provide food and drink to an impounded animal.

Eight puppies, a cat and six adult dogs were all taken from the custody of Vogt and Humbolt. They are currently being treated at the UCSPCA. According to the SPCA the animals are suffering from “emaciation, skin conditions, filth and parasites.” The Ulster County SPCA released a statement to their Facebook page last night stating "I am humbled by the response from Kingston Police, when we asked for aid. I am also very impressed by the work from Kahlil Meltz, Karen Grace, Glenn Daniels and Jamie Marie...all of whom accompanied me."

The charges come after a four month investigation lead by the SPCA Investigators and Kingston Dog Control Officer Kahlil Meltz.

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