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Post date: April 22 1999

A.g Issues Checks In Saratoga County Pet Cemetery Case

Attorney General Spitzer today issued checks totaling $25,000 to eight pet shelters in the Capital District region and western Massachusetts and Vermont, funds paid by the defendant in an animal burial scheme in Saratoga County that victimized thousands of pet owners.

The case of Terence L. McGlashan, a veterinary supplies salesman from Saratoga Springs, generated national news coverage when it was revealed that he dumped thousands of pet carcasses into open burial pits on a local farm after taking money from bereaved pet owners for cremation services.

McGlashan's scheme was exposed when a jogger complained of a putrid stench emanating from the farm where he was burying pets.

Following an extensive investigation in 1997 by the Attorney General's office and local law enforcement officials, McGlashan pled guilty in January 1998 to one count of Scheme to Defraud, a felony.

McGlashan was sentenced to six months in jail, five years probation, ordered to clean up the burial site, pay a $5,000 fine and forfeit his New York crematorium licenses. In addition, McGlashan agreed to pay the Attorney General's office $25,000 for distribution to animal shelters in the region.

Cleanup and remediation of the illegal pet cemetery on the Seaman Farm at 344 Old Ballston Ave. in Saratoga Springs continues under the direction of the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Animal shelters receiving checks from the Attorney General's office are:

  • Saratoga County Animal Shelter: $4,000
  • SPCA of Upstate New York, Hudson Falls, NY: $3,800
  • Animal Welfare League of the Greater Capital District, Inc. Albany, NY: $3,800
  • Whiskers Inc., Albany, NY: $3,800
  • Adirondack Save A Stray, Corinth, NY: $3,800
  • Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter, Sprakers, NY: $3,800
  • Central Vermont Humane Society, Montpelier, VT: $1,000
  • The Berkshire Humane Society, Pittsfield, MA: $1,000

The shelters will use the money to help return sick and injured stray animals to health before offering them up for adoption.

McGlashan was prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Rocky Piaggione of the Criminal Prosecutions Bureau who built the case with support from DEC wildlife pathologist Ward Stone and other DEC officers and Saratoga Springs Police Investigator Bruce Cogan.