Some Canines Remain at Binghamton “Dog House”
Two dogs outside a Binghamton home on November 15, a week after several dozen animals were removed from the residence. [Bob Joseph/WNBF News][/caption]
Days after dozens of dogs were removed from a Binghamton home, some animals remain at the house.
The Broome County Humane Society took in 60 small-breed dogs last week after the owner was no longer able to care for them.
Humane Society officials removed most of the dogs from the house in the city's First Ward. Two more dogs were observed barking in the front yard of the residence Tuesday morning.
City dog control officer T.J. Shaffer said four dogs were permitted to remain at the home after the others were taken away.
Shaffer said the owner of the dogs is being allowed to keep four at the house. He said a man is providing care for the animals.
City officials had been aware of the situation involving dozens of dogs in the residence for several months. The issue came up last April on WNBF Radio's Binghamton Now program when a listener expressed concern that there may have been 40 or 50 dogs at the home.
Mayor Richard David at the time indicated there wasn't much that could be done about the matter.
On the program Tuesday morning, David said he didn't believe "there is a whole lot the city can do" regarding people who keep large numbers of dogs.
The mayor said he would review existing Binghamton ordinances addressing dog control.
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