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Sheriff Craig DuMond

Franklin Man Charged With 41 Counts Of Animal Abuse

Faces 41 Counts of Cruelty, Abuse

Sheriff: Franklin Man

Trained Dogs To Fight

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special To www.ALLOTSEGO.com

Delaware County Sheriff Craig DuMond, left, and Erin Insinga, shelter director, Delaware County Humane Society, announce the arrest of Nasir Asmat for 41 counts of animal abuse in training 20 dogs for fighting.

SIDNEY – A week after 20 dogs were rescued from a Franklin home “like something out of a horror film,” Nasir Azmat, 41, has been arrested and charged with 41 counts of animal fighting and cruelty charges.

Nasier Azmat

“I have a special place in my heart to defend the defenseless,” said Delaware County Sheriff Craig DuMond at this morning’s press conference. “I got to meet some of the beautiful souls of the Franklin, and it’s heartbreaking to see such innocent victims in these horrendous living conditions. And they were horrendous.”

One female pit bull that he saw, he reported, was used for breeding. “She just had this look of horror and abuse, even when you just reached out a hand to her,” he said. “It was awful.”

Missing Sidney Man Found Dead in Franklin

Missing Sidney Man

Found Dead in Franklin

By JENNIFER HILL • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

FRANKLIN  – The body of a 51-year-old Sidney man who went missing two months ago was discovered by utility line employees clearing branches in a wooded area of the Town of Franklin Wednesday, Delaware County Sheriff Craig S. DuMond announced in a press release today.

The man was identified as Byron J. Furman and determined to have died “as a result of natural causes.” “He probably had a heart attack of some sort of medical emergency that led to his death,” Sheriff DuMond said.

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