Lockport, New York. USA. Sept 25: The Niagara County Sheriff’s Office reported Thursday that the town of Lockport home, in Western New York, where nearly 350 animals were seized Tuesday has been condemned and its occupants face charges. The Town of Lockport Building Inspector condemned the residence and the locks were changed.
Niagara County Sheriff’s Deputies were called to 6429 Hamm Road about 11:45 a.m. to assist town’s building inspector and animal control officer in searching the residence for unlawful animals.
A check of the residence was performed and multiple animals were located. Snakes, rats, birds and lizards were all found in cages in addition to the numerous cats and dogs. There were also deceased animals in the residence, according to deputies.
Niagara County Sheriff’s Deputies said, in total, there were 343 animals removed from the home.
Photo: A ball python was one of 31 snakes relocated from a Lockport home to the Society For Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals, SPCA, of Niagara in Western New York
After investigating the home, Society For Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals, SPCA, said that investigators removed 31 snakes, 30 quail, 13 rabbits — on of which is pregnant, 10 cats, five ferrets, two sun conure parakeets and about 250 rats and mice. One of the snakes had to be euthanized on Tuesday due to a respiratory ailment.
Niagara County Sheriff’s Deputies noted that most animals were said to be suffering from some type of injury and/or respiratory illness. Some of the other snakes will need medical care and are awaiting a veterinary appointment set for next week.
Society For Prevention Of Cruelty To Animals, SPCA, Animal Cruelty Investigator Lauren Zaninovich stated that two residents of the home are facing charges concerning the incident.
The animals have been signed over to the shelter but staff said they will not be made available for adoption right away.