(WNY News Now) – Three adults have been arraigned facing a total of 23 counts each of animal cruelty under New York Agriculture and Markets Law. The charges include overdriving, torturing, injuring animals, and failing to provide proper sustenance, food, and drink to impounded animals.

Tonawanda – Yesterday, Jamie D. Aaron (30), Marybeth Aaron (47), and Marc R. Scholes (43) were additionally arraigned on a count of endangering the welfare of a child due to unsanitary living conditions. On August 8, 2023, authorities executed a search warrant at the defendants’ Tonawanda residence, discovering 22 dogs and one cat in appalling conditions without food and water. The animals were taken into custody by the SPCA Serving Erie County.

The accused caregivers, Scholes and Marybeth Aaron, also allegedly subjected a 12-year-old child to perilous living conditions. Scheduled for September 28, 2023, further proceedings await the defendants, released on their own recognizance.

Prosecutors secured a “no animal” order, barring the defendants from animal ownership pending the case. If found guilty, they could each face up to a year in jail.

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