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Allegany County woman faces 18 charges for mistreatment of ducks, dogs, chickens

Nicole Peters, 27, of Genesee was arraigned on nine counts of torture/injure/not feeding an animal and nine counts of neglecting an impounded animal

Neal Simon
The Evening Tribune

GENESEE, N.Y. — Amity-based State Police said an Allegany County woman faces 18 misdemeanor charges connected to the alleged mistreatment of ducks, dogs and chickens on her property.

Nicole J. Peters, 27, of Deer Creek Road, town of Genesee, was arraigned Jan. 15 at the Amity Town Court in Belmont on nine misdemeanor counts of torture/injure/not feeding an animal, and nine misdemeanor counts of neglecting an impounded animal.

She was released on her own recognizance and is due to appear in Genesee Town Court later this month.

Troopers reported their involvement was tied to a Jan. 11 request for assistance from an outside agency.

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Along with Allegany County SPCA officials, State Police investigated a complaint of malnourished and neglected dogs, ducks, and chickens at a residence on Deer Creek Road, determining Peters had neglected the animals.

The SPCA Serving Allegany County is housing the animals.

"They are in our custody at this point," said Lynda Pruski, executive director of the SPCA Serving Allegany County. "We are providing the care that they need."