HANNIBAL — State police have charged a Hannibal woman with nearly three-dozen counts of animal cruelty.
Authorities arrested 43-year-old Amy M. Grandazzo, of Martville Road, for animal cruelty after executing a search warrant at her home last month that resulted in the seizure of 21 dogs of various ages and breed, nine tortoises and two prairie dogs.
Police charged Grandazzo with 32 separate counts of animal abuse and one count of selling, or offering to sell overdriving, torturing and injuring animals for allegedly failing to provide proper sustenance. Grandazzo is also charged with one count of selling, or offering to sell, or exposing a diseased animal. The charges are all misdemeanors.
Troopers responded to the Martville Road property Sept. 4 following a complaint by a Rochester woman related to the purchase of an eight-week-old puppy that had roundworms and tested positive for a contagious and potentially fatal canine disease known as Parvo, police said.
Police and the Hannibal Animal Control Officer executed a search warrant on Sept. 13 and seized the animals that later received medical treatment and veterinary care.
Grandazzo is scheduled to appear Oct. 8 in Hannibal Town Court.