Dogs Found in Squalor, Locked in a Basement, are doing better this weekend

November 21, 2010 Updated Nov 21, 2010 at 2:26 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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November 21, 2010 Updated Nov 21, 2010 at 2:26 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY (WKBW)

Shawn Davis lives next the home on the 300 block of Dewitt Street in Buffalo where SPCA investigators found three abandoned small dogs Friday afternoon.

"The dogs were huddled together in a upper room. They were cold, the dogs were emaciated, the dogs were dehydrated. One of the dogs, the little shitshu, his eyes were very bad he couldn't even see...they were almost glued shut because of the matted hair," said Michael Armatys, Chief Investigator for the Erie County SPCA.

Neighbors say a woman in her 30s lived in the home with her three children for the past six or seven months. Davis says the woman abruptly moved out nearly two weeks ago. They had no idea she had three dogs which they say rarely saw the light of day.

"I saw one dog, one time a couple of weeks before she moved. It was running around in the front of the house here," said Davis.

The landlord's maintenance worker came to the property to make repairs and discovered the dogs. Investigators say it appears the animals were locked in the basement, even when the family lived there, because the room was littered with feces and waste. The dogs are now at the SPCA where they received immediate veterinary care.

"The care taker had removed them from the basement, I photographed the basement area, secured the dogs in my vehicle and rushed them back to the SPCA," said Armatys.

The dogs have been staying at the SPCA since Friday evening when they were found. They are being well taken care of and are doing better this weekend. The dogs will stay at the SPCA until they are healthy enough to be adopted which may take some time.

Investigators are trying to make contact with the landlord, hoping he can lead them to his former tenant. Once she is located she could face up to three counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty charges.