From Attorney Michael S. Pollok
Please be advised that this case was presented to a Columbia County grand jury on December 12, 2017 and that Grand Jury voted a "No True Bill" which exonerates my client.
A "no true bill" is a finding by 23 grand jurors that not even minimal probable cause existed to arrest my client. My client has been exonerated by a Grand Jury.
“The SPCA and police came to my client's farm on the July 4th holiday knowing that her staff would be off that day and then took her away in handcuffs based on false allegations, ironically leaving the animals unattended for hours in 90 degree heat with no water or food because no one was present to care for the animals since they physically arrested my client rather than simply giving her a ticket directing her to appear in court”.
The Grand Jury found that my client did not neglect the animals, which she had recently rescued from a "kill pen" and refused to indict her on any charges.
According to the Columbia County D.A's office, the case is now closed.
Original press release from July:
Clermont woman charged with failing to provide proper sustenance to animals
NEW YORK STATE POLICE Major Robert M. NuzzoTroop K Commander
Clermont, New York – On July 4, 2017, New York State Police from the Livingston barracks arrested 55-year-old Andrea Nussinow, of Clermont, New York, for 11 counts of failure to provide proper sustenance to animals under the Agriculture and Markets Law.Nussinow, the owner and operator of Blue Star Farm, is accused of failing to provide water to several animals on her farm. Several horses, evaluated by a veterinarian, were determined to be emaciated and in poor health.
The State Police were assisted by the Columbia-Greene Human Society/SPCA.
Nussinow was issued an appearance ticket directing her to appear in the Town of Clermont Court on July 13, 2017 at 5:00 p.m.