A couple charged with animal cruelty has been ordered to surrender their animals to the Franklin County Humane Society – even their two goldfish.
William and Sandra Coy were arraigned by video today in Franklin District Court on more than 20 charges of animal cruelty after law enforcement found “deplorable” conditions at the Coys’ Saint Johns Road home Friday.
Both pleaded not guilty.
Franklin District Judge Chris Olds ordered the Coys to surrender their remaining animals, which include pit bulls, pigs, a horse and alpacas, to the Humane Society. Deputies seized 19 dogs and four birds from the home Friday.
Sandra Coy, 55, and William Coy, 48, both said they did not completely understand the charges against them.
“I have no home, I have nothing … you’ve taken my animals, you’ve taken my home,” Sandra Coy said by video from Franklin County Regional Jail.
Humane Society Shelter Manager Nancy Benton attended the arraignment and said the shelter is accepting donations to care for the animals.