2/22/24 Update

The owners of Empawthy Rescue have surrendered 95 animals to MHHS. However, they have also posted a $10,000 bond to keep four of them. The criminal case at the end of February will determine if these animals will also become ours. Thanks to generous support from our caring donors, the animals continue to receive excellent care here at MHHS as they overcome their various illnesses and conditions.

2/9/24 Update

Since coming into the shelter January 17, the animals seized from Empawthy are gaining weight and strength. Three-month-old Sprite, who was non-responsive on the night she was found, has made vast improvements since her hospitalization and is recovering in a foster home. Empawthy has posted on their website that they are closed, meaning foster parents or recent adopters are on their own for any follow-up care. MHHS continues to offer help by ensuring existing fosters will come under the Society's care.

2/1/24 Update

Jennifer Uhl and Andrew Tremblay, operators of Empawthy Rescue, have each been charged with 102 counts of cruelty under NYS Agriculture & Markets Law Section 353. They have been ordered not to own, reside with, posses or harbor any animals for the duration of the criminal case.


Our Humane Law Enforcement team rescued 102 live animals from Empawthy Animal Rescue in Colonie. Sixteen deceased animals were also found.

Many of the animals came from a closing shelter in Texas. Staff members thought they had found safe placement for the last of their animals before being shut down for good. Others came from local Good Samaritans who believed this group was helping the community.

Now with us, each has received a careful examination and much-needed medical care, including treatment for respiratory and eye infections, heavy parasite burdens and malnutrition. Currently, the rescued animals are under quarantine, but preparations are underway for their future foster care. They will not be available for adoption for some time. Sprite (pictured above), our brave little puppy who clung to life at the Capital District Veterinary Referral Hospital, is now taking her first steps on the road to recovery in a wonderful foster home.

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