To prevent the return of abused animals to a couple in Oppenheim, New York sign now


We, the undersigned are signing this petition to protest the return of 50+ abused animals to Dr. James and Henriette Fagan of Oppenheim, New York.

In November 2003, The Fulton County Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Spring Farm Cares investigated a complaint of animal abuse against Dr. James Fagan, and his wife, Henriette Fagan. During the investigation, 30 dogs were found covered in mud and feces, and 40 guinea pigs were found living in cages lined with five to six inches of feces. The animals were starved and disease ridden. 14 draft horses were removed, who were underweight and emaciated. One horse was 500 pounds underweight. While the investigators found several animal corpses, a member of the SPCA watched a rabbit die in front of her. The variety of animals removed from the home included: 30 dogs, 40 guinea pigs, horses, donkeys, cows, sheep, pigs, and 75 100 different types of fowl, including chicken and peacocks.

An article in the Leader Herald from 04/01/2004 stated that Mrs. Fagan pled guilty to one charge of failure to provide sustenance to the animals in her care, and a DEC charge of keeping 3 Canadian Geese captive. Action was not taken against her husband, Dr. James Fagan, who has pleaded not guilty to a similar charge.

The gross unfairness of this situation is the plea deal that was reached!! Mrs. Fagan will receive a sentence of 3 years of probation, and will have 30 50 of the animals returned to her. Monthly veterinarian visits will take place, to check on the animals remaining in her care.

The link for the article is:

The remaining 200 animals are in the care of Fulton County SPCA and Spring Farm Cares; many have been placed in unpaid foster homes. As of 04/01/2004 Spring Farm Cares has spent $100,000.00 on the care of these animals, or $750.00 per day.

Dr. and Mrs. Fagan have to pay nothing for the care of these animals that they abused.

By signing this petition we are asking that NO animals be returned to Dr. and Mrs. Fagan; that they receive the maximum sentence allowed by law, and that they reimburse the SPCA and Spring Farm Cares for the money spent on the care of the animals.

You may also direct a letter in support of the ideas of this petition to:

Fulton County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
486 Stevers Mill Road
Broadalbin, NY 12025

Spring Farm Cares
3364 Route 12
Clinton, NY 13323

Ms. Louise K. Sira, District Attorney
Fulton County District Attorneys Office
County Office Building
223 West Main St.
Johnstown, NY 12095

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  • 23 December 2015500. Erna F
    I support this petition
  • 22 December 2015499. Beverly H
    I support this petition
  • 20 December 2015498. Kristin I
    What a shame - we send mass human murderers to jail or death, but allow these kind of people to get off! address Washington, DC
  • 16 December 2015497. Nancy H
    It is unbelievable to think that these abused animals might be returned to the owners! It seems as if our court system needs overhauling. address Westport, New York
  • 10 December 2015496. Kimi J
    No animal derseves to live like that ans therefore they should not have anymore. It is quite obivious they couldn't take care of them beofre. Who is the stupid judge who thinks they can now? Keep doing the same thing expecting different results, wasting t
  • 01 December 2015495. Darlene H
    I support this petition
  • 12 November 2015494. Dawn S
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  • 06 November 2015493. Patricia P
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  • 03 November 2015492. Mark Ls
    What chance do the animals have a second time? address P.O. Box 945, MOnticello, New York 12701
  • 03 November 2015491. Mary Fs
    as a responsible pet owner, i am appalled that these people guilty of unspeakable crimes against defenceless animals should get away with such criminal negli and not be held responsible financially. worse yet, what inane person would even consider returni
  • 28 October 2015490. Esther D
    I live many hundreds of miles away, but, noone with ethical and legal responsibility should be able to turn away from abuse. What community would want publicity such as this? Not only is the abuse of these living creatures deplorable, but, the community i
  • 28 October 2015489. Angela G
    This is implorable! Please prosecute to the fullest extent of the law. They should not OWN or WORK with animals ever again!
  • 14 October 2015488. Lauren Galloway
    I support this petition
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  • 26 September 2015486. Deb S
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  • 15 September 2015484. Kathleen J
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  • 12 September 2015483. William F
    I support this petition
  • 11 September 2015482. Lori Cowan
    laws need to change no one that abuses an animal should ever get their animal back.
  • 10 September 2015481. Rachel M
    I support this petition
  • 09 September 2015480. Barbara S
    These people should be banned on having ANY pets whatsoever
  • 05 September 2015479. Michelle H
    I support this petition
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  • 15 July 2015477. Sandra T
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  • 04 July 2015475. Lisa Aw
    This is a sin! ABSOLUTLEY DEPLORABLE.We need stiffer penalties for irresponsible animal caretakers who abuse their responsiblity. Do not give these people another chance to kill again! address Gloucester, Virginia
  • 03 July 2015474. Jane Lp
    Is there no justice for those with no voice of their own? Please consider the pain of the animals and NOT return them to their tormentors!!!

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Fulton County NY District Attorney's Office


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