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Montrose woman charged with animal abuse

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A Montrose woman is accused of leaving dogs locked in a hot trailer without food or water.

Pennsylvania State Police said they were called about the dogs on September 8 and found the animals were severely malnourished.

Makayla Kingston, 26, is charged with animal cruelty.

Kathy Whyte/WNBF News

Kathy Whyte/WNBF News

Soldiers removed the dogs that were locked in the hot trailer from State Route 706 and US Highway 11 at 4:27 p.m. on a day when outside temperatures, according to the Weatherunderground website, peaked in the mid-70s No information was provided on the temperature inside the trailer or how long the dogs were locked up without proper care. Temperatures throughout the summer across the Twin Tiers, including New Milford Township in Susquehanna County where the dogs were found, have been unusually warm.

Pennsylvania State Police said after removing the starving dogs from the trailer, they were taken to Griffin Pond Animal Shelter.

Experts at the rescue center found that the dogs had numerous medical issues ‘due to being malnourished for an extended period of time’.

The state police news release did not say how many dogs were found in the home, if there were any deceased dogs or if there were other animals on the property.

Media reported that there were two abandoned dogs in the trailer. Both are expected to survive.

Authorities say that after determining Kingston was the owner of the dogs, felony charges were filed on September 20.

It is unclear whether the animals will remain housed at the Griffin Pond Animal Sanctuary or will be put up for adoption.

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