Abused Animals Need Help

June 15, 2011 Updated Jun 15, 2011 at 8:58 PM EDT

By Ed Reilly

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June 15, 2011 Updated Jun 15, 2011 at 8:58 PM EDT

(Jamestown, N.Y) On May 13, 2011, Jamestown Police made a shocking discovery.

Thirty one dogs and three cats abandoned and locked in a sweltering apartment on Prospect Street in the City of Jamestown.

Rescuers had to cut through a door to get to the animals because hardened piles of animal feces was close to 12 inches thick.

Many of the dogs had lost their fur.

When the animals were brought to the Chautauqua County Humane Society, they cowered in corners and remained silent.

Now, after weeks of care by the Humane Society, many of the rescued animals are starting to show personality - playing and barking.

Yet, others are still very afraid.

Volunteers take turns sitting with the victimized animals, trying to help socialize them.

With cost of caring for the animals reaching close to $20,000 for three months, the Humane Society is reaching out to the community for donations.

The "Babes of Wrath" Chautauqua County Roller Derby Team recently raised $1,000 for the rescued animal's care.

There is also a great need for foster homes for the dogs, says Roxanne Wendling, Community Relations Coordinator for the Chautauqua County Humane Society.

On Wednesday, Jamestown Police released the name of the man wanted in conjunction with the animal cruelty case.

51-year old Lawrence Zeider is facing 64 counts of Agriculture and Markets Law violations.

Police are hoping that Zeider turns himself in, however, authorities have information that he may have fled New York State to Louisiana.

Any one with information regarding the whereabouts of Lawrence Zeider is asked to call the Jamestown Police at 716-483-7537.

Anonymous information can be left by calling 716-483-TIPS (483-8477) or by e-mail via the City of Jamestown website.