Sunday, January 30, 2011

Fire barn in upstate NY kills approximately 200 animals-Wall Street Journal

JOHNSTOWN, N.Y. — a woman who has lost about 200 farm animals in an accusation of fire of upstate New York barn of the disaster on a heater propane she had set up to protect the baby and pregnant sheep and goats from below freezing cold.

Robin Dillenbeck, sitting with his mother at their kitchen table, he shouted as he Thursday described its animals as the center of his life. Friends managed to save 10 scorched ovine and caprine animals from fire Sunday in Johnstown, Mohawk Valley, about 40 miles west of Albany.

Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sira says that dillenbeck had a "hoarder" care for the animals than you could handle when she was charged with a misdemeanor in March 2008. When Dillenbeck decided to hold a minimum number of animals, was rejected by the burden of providing underfed.

The Dillenbeck of 56 years living on a dead-end road a few miles from the barn, which she had rented by a resident of New York City, since his barn collapsed 18 years ago.

The night of fire, Dillenbeck said that he stopped at the barn at 16.00 to do his chores and feed animals before going to work as dishwashers restaurant. With temperatures forecast to drop to 20 below zero at night, has established a propane tank mounted portable space heater in a room in the barn.

"One of the goats must have pushed the door open and knocked over the tank," he said. "My brother and his girlfriend went to the restaurant later and told me that the barn was on fire. I went crazy when they told me. They don't let me go over there; They knew I would run into and try to save my animals. "

In addition to dozens of sheep and goats, the fire killed a horse, two Shetland Sheepdog, many cats, two pigs, a beef and a knife, he said.

Sira said there was no criminal investigation of fire and it seemed that dillenbeck had been complying with the terms of the previous case.

Nancy Hart, an animal control officer, said Johnstown-Albany Times Union you have known Dillenbeck from when he was young. She said she wouldn't describe as an animal hoarder Dillenbeck, but as someone who loved animals and "probably had more to take care of what you could handle".

HART said that she was not aware of any claims of abandonment of animals on properties of misdemeanor charge Dillenbeck because in 2008.

"I've always loved animals," Dillenbeck said. "I was never one to go out and have a good time in the city. I just want to be with my animals, work with my pets. This is what makes me happy. I wasn't getting rich off them; Enjoyed being with them. "

She said she worked three part-time jobs — as a dishwasher, a school and a custodian of a dairy farm near Milker — to provide food and veterinary care for its animals.

"I'm like my family," he said. "They were all as tame as can be. They would run right up to me when I called. "

By visiting his animals remaining 10 to friend's barn, Dillenbeck racing his hand over the signature of a sheep wool and examined her eyes swollen goat billy whose face was burned. A small lamb black nibbled fingers and she scooped one of its arms, saying that she was breastfeeding artificial, since his mother died in the flames.

"I haven't slept more than three or four hours from the moment it happened," said Dillenbeck. "I see their faces just in my head. I see them crying for their mothers, and we cannot help you. "

— Copyright 2011 Associated Press

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