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Ulster County woman charged with animal abuse in Hunter

Laura Duffy
July 16, 2019 05:36 pm

HUNTER — An Ulster County woman was arrested in Cairo on Saturday and charged with 24 counts of failing to feed animals including several exotic specimens on property she owns in Hunter, state police said Tuesday.

Laura A. Duffy, 71, of Willow, was charged with 24 counts of torturing/injuring/not feeding an animal, all class A misdemeanors. She was released on her own recognizance.

Troopers in Cairo recognized her vehicle based on a warrant, state police Public Information Officer Steven Nevel said.

Duffy is accused of failing to provide food and water to two llamas, five miniature horses, three full-sized horses, one peacock, five chickens, four guinea hens and four pigeons, according to formal complaints.

The animals were kept at a location on Silver Hollow Road in Hunter, according to court papers. Duffy owns the property, according to Greene County property records.

Duffy is scheduled to appear in Hunter Town Court at 2 p.m. on Wednesday.

Duffy had a previous encounter with state police in December 2018.

On New Year’s Eve 2018, at around 9:15 p.m., state police saw a vehicle traveling south on the New York State Thruway in the Town of Newburgh that matched the description from an alert stemming from two separate pursuits that occurred earlier in Ulster County.

Troopers pulled over a 2017 black Hyundai Accent, but the driver, later identified as Laura A. Duffy, 71, of Willow, failed to comply and fled.

After nearly 34 miles and reaching excessive speeds, state police deployed a stinger, or tire deflation device, and flattened both right tires on Duffy’s vehicle, but Duffy continued south, entered the Ramapo Service Area and struck two state police vehicles before getting back on the Thruway, state police said.

She continued south until her vehicle finally became disabled on the Exit 15 acceleration ramp, state police said.

Duffy was placed into custody and taken to Tarrytown state police where she was evaluated by EMS and refused medical treatment.

Three state police members were transported to Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern with non-life threatening injuries.

She was charged with second-degree assault and second-degree criminal mischief, both class D felonies, second-degree reckless endangerment, second-degree obstruction of governmental administration, unlawful fleeing of a police officer in a motor vehicle, all class A misdemeanors and disorderly conduct, a violation.