Couple charged in animal cruelty case surrender all but five of Naples 85 dogs

Eighty of the 85 dogs seized at the Lawyer Road home in Naples have been surrendered by their owners. The Ontario County District Attorney and Ontario County Humane Society announced that as of Aug. 8, Richard Justice relinquished his rights to all 85 dogs; as of Aug. 20, Jane Justice surrendered her interest in 80 of the 85 dogs. The remaining five dogs have not been returned, and continue to be the subject of ongoing litigation.

The District Attorney’s Office “continues to actively and aggressively prosecute the cases pending in the Naples Town Court, including the surrender of the remaining five dogs and the payment of restitution for the veterinary and housing expenses of the dogs,” according to the announcement.

Through a cooperative effort of the county Humane Society and District Attorney’s Office, effectively 80 of the 85 dogs have been freed for adoption. The remaining five dogs continue to be cared for at the Ontario County Humane Society shelter, where they will remain as the animal cruelty case is prosecuted.

The Ontario County Humane Society has received more than 200 applications from people wanting to foster or adopt the dogs.

MESSENGER POST will update this developing story