Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA Investigators Raid a “Puppy Mill”

Posted Thursday at 2:12pm

Feb 10

On February 8, CGHS/SPCA Investigators along with the Greene County Sheriff’s Department executed a search warrant at 580 Sutton Hollow Road in Ashland, NY. Ashland Dog Control Officer Bruce Feml alerted CGHS/SPCA that a large number of young dogs and puppies that looked like “walking skeletons” were being held in a small mobile home. Upon investigation, CGHS/SPCA Investigators found twenty Golden Retriever puppies and dogs ranging from two to ten months of age.

All puppies were removed and examined by Dr. Jerry Bilinski, DVM of Chathams Small Animal Hospital and Dr. Danielle Sand, VMD. All puppies were found to be emaciated, some puppies weighing as few as eleven pounds. “We caught these puppies just in the nick of time. Had this gone on for another week, I’m certain some of the younger pups would have succumbed to starvation,” said Ron Perez, President/Investigator of CGHS/SPCA.

Charges are pending against the owners, George Leary and Emaretta Marks. If anyone is interested in adopting any of the Golden Retrievers, they can contact the Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA at (518) 828-6044 or through their website at for adoption application pre-approval.

For more information please contact Ron Perez, President/Investigator at (518) 828-6044 ext. 108 or