Niagara Gazette

Local News

March 29, 2013

Pomeranian owner gets plea deal

LOCKPORT — Charges against a woman who had 64 Pomeranian dogs seized from her home last month will be dismissed, following her acceptance of a plea deal Thursday in Lockport Town Court.

Ellouise Magrum, 50, 6603 Royal Parkway South, admitted she violated a town ordinance that did not permit her to housing the 64 dogs in a residential zone. Magrum will pay a $250 fine.

Two counts of endangering the welfare of a child were adjourned Thursday in contemplation of dismissal, while the one count of cruelty to animals charge was thrown out.

“They should’ve never been brought in the first place,” said George V.C. Muscato, Magrum’s attorney.

In court, Muscato said the dogs were never mistreated by Magrum. In fact, when the SPCA of Niagara came to confiscate the dogs, the SPCA said all of the animals were in good health, Muscato said. All of the dogs were adopted shortly after being taken from Magrum’s home in February.

The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office and New York State Police found the Pomeranian dogs living with three people in filthy conditions inside Magrum’s home. According to the Feb. 2 sheriff’s report, deputies were “unable to ignore the overwhelming odor of animal urine and feces” while speaking to family members.

But no one said those smells existed for a long period of time, Muscato said.

Other than the ordinance violation, Magrum did nothing wrong, her attorney said. The family not only lost the dogs but have been under a lot of stress, Muscato added.

“They have paid a tremendous price,” he said.

When leaving court Thursday, Magrum declined comment.




Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local News
Featured Ads
Seasonal Content
House Ads
AP Video
Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Palestinians and Israeli Soldiers Clash Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page

Do you think cigarette sales to non-Native American customers should be taxed on reservations?

Yes. Items should be taxed like they are everywhere else.
No, the indian reservations are sovereign land and they are selling them on their land.
Not up to me. Native Americans decide the rules on their land.
Don't care. Smoking isn't good for you.
     View Results