Seized from ‘filthy’ home in Upstate NY: 1 lizard, 4 tortoises, 5 dogs, 6 cats and dozens of birds
About 110 animals have been seized after they were discovered in « filthy » conditions at the dilapidated home of an ailing elderly woman in Western New York, authorities said.
Many birds, tortoises, dogs, cats and a lizard were found in the home in Alden, just outside Buffalo, according to the Erie County Sheriff’s Office. The Buffalo News reports that the animals were taken from the 70-year-old homeowner late Friday and early Saturday.
The animals were found after emergency personnel were called to the home to render aid to the woman, the sheriff’s office said. The woman was taken for treatment after having difficulty breathing.
Animal welfare officials said they’re considering filing animal cruelty charges against the owner, who was not identified because no charges have yet been filed.
« The conditions where these animals were found were absolutely filthy, » SPCA spokeswoman Gina Browning told the Buffalo News. « We have no idea how long ago these cages were last cleaned. There were spiderwebs and feces everywhere. »
Most of the seized animals were birds, including finches, rosellas, parrotlets, cockatiels, Bourke’s parakeets, standard parakeets. There were also several parrots, including African greys, Amazon and Senegal, and ringneck and diamond doves.
Authorities also took away six cats, five dogs, four tortoises and a skink, which is a lizard.