Buffalo, NY (WKBW)- A Buffalo Couple is now facing child endangerment charges after Erie County Sheriff Deputies discovered deplorable conditions inside their home. Deputies say they went to a house on May Street in Buffalo to issue a warrant, the found animal feces and urine throughout the entire home. They later learned 2 children, ages 11 and 13, lived at the residence. 34-year-old Deborah Stasiak and Darin D. Stasiak, 42 were arrested on two counts each of Endangering the Welfare of a Child. Deborah was also arrested for Obstructing Governmental Administration and taken to the Erie County Holding Center on $500 bail.
"The was so pungent. It just hit you as you entered," said Erie County Sheriff Deputy Michael Hoock. "You couldn't see anything because of all the fly strips in the house and the homeowner thought this was all normal and that was the scary part."
The Erie County SPCA picked up 16 dogs from the home, most of them puppies. A spokesperson says one dog has died because it was so sick. The remaining animals are being treated for malnutrition and skin issues. The animals will remain in the care of the SPCA.
"It's disheartening because we could have stepped in weeks ago, instead it has gone too far," said Erie County SPCA Executive Director Barbara Carr.
The Stasiak's children are now staying with relatives, who also live on May Street.