Troy Couple Charged inSouth Troy Animal Cruelty Case

Rensselaer County District Attorney Mary Pat Donnelly announced that on Friday, February 15, 2019, Michelle and David Hempstead of Troy were arraigned in Troy City Court charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty. The charges include 17 counts each in violation of Agriculture and Markets Law 353. Michelle Hempstead was also charged with two additional counts relating to the sale of the diseased animals under Agriculture and Markets Law 357. The Hempsteads were released under the supervision of Rensselaer County Probation and are scheduled to appear in front of Troy City Court Judge Christopher T. Maier on February 21, 2019.

Donnelly said “The animals endured deplorable conditions and were denied basic needs such as nutrition and medical care. Troy Police have conducted a lengthy and thorough investigation resulting in the charges brought today. My office will continue to work with investigators to protect these innocent victims and to make sure that the Hempsteads are held accountable for these horrific acts.”