PINE BUSH – A Pine Bush woman suspected of keeping more than two dozen dogs for sale in the confined space of a 10-foot by 60-foot trailer was charged with multiple counts of animal cruelty over the weekend.

A search warrant was executed Saturday by the Hudson Valley SPCA Humane Law Enforcement Division and state police at the trailer home of Iren Ehrhardt, 70, on Rainbow Lane, following a four-month investigation.

Gene Hecht, the SPCA’s humane law enforcement officer, said Ehrhardt kept the dogs confined in small cages where they could not move around adequately, with urine and feces all around them.

Hecht said the SPCA was tipped off to Ehrhardt by someone who bought a dog from her. The dog was sick and almost died, Hecht said.

Hecht said Ehrhardt, who is not a licensed animal breeder, cross-bred the dogs, which included everything from two German shepherds to terrier mixes and chihuahuas. Some of the dogs weighed as little as two pounds. One dog died later Saturday.

The dogs were not given any shots or other veterinary care, and did not have access to clean air, Hecht said.

Ehrhardt sold the dogs through newspaper and online ads.

Ehrhardt was charged with 28 counts of animal cruelty, which is a misdemeanor under the state’s Agriculture and Markets Law. She is scheduled to appear in Town of Crawford Court on March 4.

The dogs were taken to the SPCA’s shelter in New Windsor.

mrandall@th-record.com