NEWFANE, NY (WKBW) - Three have been charged in Niagara County after officials remove a 7-month-old child and multiple animals living in deplorable conditions.
Tip calls led authorities to a home in Newfane, NY, where an infant child along with fifteen cats and four dogs were found to be living in a home covered with trash and feces several inches thick.
Police have removed the child and charged the parents, while SPCA officers have removed the animals.
"None of them have seen recent medical attention. None of them had been vaccinated. The condition of the animals; severe dehydration, severe malnutrition, several upper respiratory infections among the cats, the dog's hair is matted, nails are long. Just symptoms of severe neglect," said John Faso, Executive Director of the Niagara County SPCA.
56-year-old Patricia Rubin of Newfane has been charged with Endangering the Welfare of a Child along with 19 counts of Animal Cruelty. Two others have also been charged in this case.
The three adults charged are scheduled to appear in court next week. A building inspector from the Town of Newfane has condemned the structure.