Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn has announced that 49-year-old Jesika S. Bristol-Glor of Brant was arraigned before Brant Town Justice Jeffrey Gier on nine counts of overdriving, torturing and injuring animals; failure to provide proper sustainability; and 40 counts of failure to provide proper food and drink to an impounded animal (misdemeanors under New York Agriculture and Markets Law).
According to the DA’s office, the investigation began after the SPCA Serving Erie County received a report of animal neglect. It is alleged that on April 4, SPCA investigators conducted a welfare check of the animals at the defendant’s home on Brant-Farnham Road and provided recommendations on how to improve upon care for the animals. It is further alleged that on April 20, SPCA investigators conducted a second welfare check and found that care for the animals had not improved. A search warrant was obtained for the property.
The defendant is accused of failing to provide necessary food, water and care to the animals confined to her property. It is alleged that on April 22, at approximately 10 am, investigators executed the search warrant and found three cats, eight dogs, three horses and 32 chickens living in unsanitary conditions without access to food and water. Nine of the chickens were severely emaciated. All of the animals were seized and remain in the custody of the SPCA.
Bristol-Glor is scheduled to return on June 9 at 6 pm for further proceedings. She was released on her own recognition as the charges are non-qualifying offenses for bail. Judge Gier issued an order that prevents that defendant from owning any animals while the case is pending.
If convicted of all charges, Bristol-Glor faces a maximum sentence of one year in jail.
Judge Gier issued an arrest warrant for the defendant’s husband who has also been charged in this case.
“I want the residents of Erie County to know that my office is committed to protecting the welfare of all animals. This defendant is accused of failing to provide food and water to more than 40 animals living on her property. Animal neglect is a crime. When you bring an animal into your home, you are responsible for their care. I want to thank our partners at the SPCA for their work in this investigation and the many services that they provide to help animals in our community,” said Flynn.
“The SPCA Serving Erie County works together with the community to ensure all animals are treated humanely, with respect, and that includes farm animals,” said SPCA President/CEO Cait Daly. “The fact that District Attorney Flynn and his team stand behind ending cruelty to animals of all types reminds us once again of why we are so proud to serve this county. This particular instance involved work and assistance from various organizations and individuals, and it’s inspiring to witness this community working together as a team, expressing zero tolerance for any form of animal cruelty.”
Flynn commended the SPCA Serving Erie County and SPCA Investigator Lindsey Wood for their work in this investigation.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Christine M. Garvey of the Felony Trials Bureau and Assistant District Attorney Richard K. Barney, III of the Justice Courts Bureau.
As are all persons accused of a crime, the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.