More than 500 Cats Found Inside the Wyoming County SPCA

February 17, 2012 Updated Feb 17, 2012 at 8:01 PM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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February 17, 2012 Updated Feb 17, 2012 at 8:01 PM EDT


Attica, NY (WKBW) -Groups across New York are now lending a hand to help the hundreds of cats that were living in deplorable conditions inside the Wyoming County SPCA. At final count Friday, more than 500 cats have been discovered inside the facility. Animal Rescue crews say many were free-roaming and living inside walls and cupboards with little to no food or water, with urine and feces covering the building. So far, 200 of them have been transferred to other animal rescue groups. The 10 Lives Club, based in Hamburg, is helping close to a dozen cats.

"Once we've assessed them for health, we may be able to take in more," said 10 Lives Club Director of Operations Brenda Rasinski. "We're hoping to do that with help from the community."

Police say criminal charges could be pending against the Wyoming County SPCA's Executive Director Sue Davila. Police are now looking into possible misuse of grant money and if Davila illegally obtained and administered medication to the animals. She could not be reached for comment Friday. Eyewitness News interviewed her in 2008 and again in 2009 about the overcrowding problem.

"We're inundated, we're overwhelmed," said Davila in a 2008 interview.

The investigation continues. The Erie County SPCA , who is also assisting in this investigation and is now caring for 45 of those cats, is calling on other animal groups who will accept multiple cats to call them at 716-629-3505.