NIAGARA COUNTY, NY--- The Niagara County SPCA is investigating two separate incidents of animal hoarding, and now it is in need of help.
SPCA officials removed one cat from a home in Lockport on Wednesday. Niagara County SPCA Director Amy Lewis says the home was filled with items and they were not able to capture all of the cats.
"Her situation is a very typical hoarding case. Not just animals, but possessions. I was shocked. I've been doing this for nine years and this is probably the worst hoarding case that I've seen," says Lewis.
Traps have been set to try and catch the remaining 50 cats. The resident in this home has been hospitalized and likely will not face charges.
"Literally floor to ceiling stuff in this house. You couldn't make it from one end of the house to the other without having to climb over things. So we really have no idea how many cats we're dealing with with that situation," says Lewis.
SPCA officials also removed 24 cats from homes and a field in Newfane. The owner tried to split up the cats between two houses and an open field after the SPCA offered help.
"These animals are in really rough shape. We're dealing with eye infections, horrible flea infestations, emaciation, all of the animals are dehydrated, a lot of them are emaciated, so we will be pursuing charges for failure to provide medical treatment for those animals and really just sustenance," says Lewis.
Due to the large number of cats seized, the SPCA is in need of donations to help feed and care for the cats. For more information on how to donate, log onto the Niagara County SPCA website.