Troy Couple Pleads Guilty to Animal Abuse

A couple from Troy has pleaded guilty to multiple counts of animal abuse.

Michelle and David Hempstead were charged after nearly 100 dogs, cats, birds, and even a hedgehog were found in their Campbell Avenue home last December.

The animals were being kept in filthy conditions, and a number of them had health problems.

The couple could be facing two years apiece in jail, and restitution to the Mohawk and Hudson Humane Society, which spent a great deal of money caring for the abused animals.

They're also likely to face a ban against ever having an animal again.

Protestors with "Justice for the Hundred," who've followed the Hempsteads through the court process, say they want more.

After the hearing, Michelle Hempstead said she and her husband spent $100 a week to feed the animals.

With 100 animals in the house, that works out to a dollar for each one.

Assistant Rensselaer County D.A. Matthew Hauf says the guilty plea was the right thing to do.

Photo: WNYT

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