Newfane, NY (WKBW) Deputies from the Niagara County Sheriff's Office assisted Niagara County SPCA investigators today, seizing more than 20 cats from two separate locations.
Investigators first received an animal abuse complaint from a concerned Newfane resident on Tuesday night, regarding a mobile home allegedly filled with cats on Applewood Lane in Newfane.
When deputies and SPCA investigators arrived on Wednesday morning, they found the home in deplorable condition, but did not locate any animals. A town building inspector immediately condemned the home.
Investigators determined the animals had likely been moved from the mobile home. Following up on the case, patrols responded to a home on Prospect Street in the City of Lockport and a home on Drake Settlement Road in Newfane. The SPCA and deputies removed 13 cats from the Prospect Street home and another 10 cats from the home on Drake Settlement Road.
Officers responding to another address on West Avenue in Newfane found two dogs, but they were not removed.
The animals are now in the care of the Niagara County SPCA. A spokesperson for the shelter says dozens more cats were seized Wednesday, and the sudden influx of animals will "cripple" operations there.
The Niagara County Sheriff's Office has turned over the investigation to the Niagara County SPCA. Eyewitness News is awaiting details on any arrests in the case.