ALDEN, NY – Charges are pending against the owner of a condemned property after Erie County SPCA officers and staff had to remove about 110 animals from the home. According to a statement released Saturday, the animals were in "varying degrees of health, living in deplorable conditions."
The initial head count was 94 birds, six cats, five dogs, four tortoises, and one skink (a kind of lizard). Among the birds rescued were finches, parrots, parakeets, doves and other species.
SPCA officials responded to a call from Alden Police Department officers on Friday at about 8:30 p.m. The animals have been taken to the SPCA's Tonawanda shelter.
SPCA Serving Erie County Executive Director Barabara Carr said, "In addition to the six horses rescued Thursday from a Newstead property, the SPCA once again finds itself providing care for more than 100 animals of several species at the same time." She's asking for donations from the public to help defray the added expenses.