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C-GHS arrives ’in nick of time’ to rescue dogs, birds and cat


GHENT—Columbia-Greene Humane Society/SPCA investigators removed 47 dogs, 4 birds and 1 cat from the house of an alleged animal hoarder August 21, according to a press release.

Deplorable conditions were found inside the house at 1352 Route 9H, a brick structure owned by Anderson DeSouza, 49.

The floor was laden with animal feces and urine. Dogs and puppies were found covered with fleas and excrement.

CGHS/SPCA President/Investigator Ron Perez told The Columbia Paper by email that Mr. DeSouza’s whereabouts are unknown and he is currently just a suspect in the case. But someone could be charged with 52 counts of animal cruelty, a class A misdemeanor; each charge carries a one-year jail sentence and/or $1,000 fine per charge.

“This place was among the worst living conditions I’ve ever seen animals survive in. We got there just in the nick of time,” Mr. Perez said in the release.

The animals were unattended for a number of days, though exactly how many is not known. The humane society went to the house after being “tipped off” about the situation there, Mr. Perez said in an email.

Among the breeds found were Cairn terriers, Chihuahuas, Brussels griffons and dachshunds.

All dogs and puppies were put up for adoption immediately. Humane society officials ask people who are interested in adopting these dogs to first submit an online application to be pre-approved.

The adoption application can be found on the Columbia-Greene Humane Society’s website: To fax an application, print out and fax to 518 828-7709. For more information call 518 828-6044.


Michael T. Odom, 37, of Philmont was charged with second degree course of sexual conduct against a child, a class D felony, and endangering the welfare of a child by Livingston State Police investigators, August 16.

After a lengthy investigation by the State Police, Columbia County District Attorney’s Office, Columbia County Child Protective Services, with the assistance of the Columbia-Greene Child Advocacy Center, State Police determined that Mr. Odom had been sexually abusing a child “over a great length of time,” according to a press release.

Mr. Odom was arraigned in Claverack Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail or $40,000 bond. He is set to return to Claverack Court at a later date.


State Police charged three teenagers in connection with the daytime break-in of a hamlet residence.

State Police at Livingston and the Stockport Police responded to a home in the hamlet for a reported residential burglary that occurred during the day, August 17.

In the past month, Stockport Police and troopers have investigated several larcenies and burglaries in the Stottville area. Police conducted interviews with neighbors related to this burglary and others. Through the interviews police were able to develop suspects.

SP investigators and crime scene technicians went to the scene and recovered identifiable evidence as to who the perpetrators were at the scene. It was determined that several pieces of electronics and other items were stolen in this burglary.

Within hours of being called to the scene State Police located and arrested William Hernandez, 17, of Stottville. He along with two juveniles who were not identified by police were arrested and charged with second degree burglary, a class C felony.

The other two juveniles were issued family court appearance tickets and must report to the Columbia County Probation Department.

William was arraigned in Livingston Court and sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond. He is set to return to court August 22.


Poughkeepsie City Police are investigating a missing person report for a 51-year-old Poughkeepsie man who has not been seen since Thursday, August 1.

Eden T. Decker is described as a white man, 5’11,” 300 pounds with brown eyes, brown hair and a graying beard. He wears glasses. He left his residence on his motorcycle to go to a concert in the northern part of the state and has not been seen since, nor is he answering his cell phone.

His motorcycle is a black 2002 Kawasaki bearing a gold New York State plate number 35RV18. His family and employer are extremely concerned as this is highly unusual behavior for him.

An investigation indicates that Mr. Decker was possibly in the area of the Town of Bethlehem and Route 32 early the morning of Saturday, August 3 and he may have been at Club Helsinki in the City of Hudson on the evening of Friday, August 2.

Anyone with information concerning Mr. Decker’s whereabouts is urged to call City of Poughkeepsie Police at 845 451-4000.

*Meghin D. Laurange, 23, of Hudson was charged with resisting arrest and a Hudson City Code violation for keeping a disorderly house by Hudson Police Officer Randy Clarke at 522 Columbia Street, July 26 at 12:57 a.m.

Ms. Laurange allegedly had a party at her residence which became disorderly and led to a fight in the alley and property damage in the area.

After being advised by police that she was under arrest, she allegedly yelled profanities at them and ran back inside her residence. She was issued appearance tickets for Hudson City Court.

*Jonathan D. Muniz, 31, of Hudson was charged with second degree criminal trespass, endangering the welfare of a child and second degree harassment at the police station by Hudson Police Officer Rodney Waithe, July 28 at 2:36 a.m.

Mr. Muniz was charged on an active Hudson City Court arrest warrant. He allegedly trespassed inside a woman’s residence and physically harassed her in the presence of a child less than 17 years old. He was arraigned and released on his own recognizance pending a future Hudson City Court appearance.

*Kimberly S. Lee, 22, of Hudson was charged with endangering welfare of child and second degree harassment (physical/repeated) by Hudson Police Officer Tracey Roberts at 222 State Street, July 27 at 10:06 a.m.

Ms. Lee was charged on an active arrest warrant for allegedly striking a person during a dispute. She was arraigned and released pending a future appearance in Hudson City Court.


During the first week of August, State Police at Livingston conducted an underage drinking initiative detail in Columbia County. A 17-year-old minor was enlisted to attempt to purchase alcohol at local businesses. Seven establishments were checked and one establishment sold a six-pack of beer to the teenager.

Bhaveshbhai M. Patel, 48, allegedly made the sale while working at Charron’s Market, State Route 66 and 203, was charged with first degree unlawfully dealing with a child and prohibited sale of alcohol. Mr. Patel was to appear in Chatham Village Court at a later date.

The following establishments were checked and did not sell to the minor and should be commended for their efforts to appropriately check the minor’s identification to insure the legal sale of alcohol and safety of local youth.

Niverville Quik Stop, State 203; Stewart’s Shop, State Route 9, Kinderhook; Cumberland Farms, State Route 9, Stockport; Cobble Pond Farms, State Route 9, Kinderhook; Getty, State Route 66 and 203, Chatham; Stewart’s Shop, State Route 203, Chatham; Cobble Pond Farms, State Route 66 and 9H, Claverack.


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