Wyoming County SPCA Raided by State Police

February 15, 2012 Updated Feb 17, 2012 at 10:22 AM EDT

By Kyla Igoe

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February 15, 2012 Updated Feb 17, 2012 at 10:22 AM EDT

ATTICA, NY (WKBW) - Multiple complaints and 2 weeks of investigating led New York State Police to raid the SPCA of Wyoming County in Attica and its satellite adoption center at the Eastern Hills Mall Wednesday.

The Wyoming County SPCA is a no kill shelter and some volunteers say close to 250 cats were living inside the Attica location. Police aren't commenting on the exact conditions inside but said the sheer volume of animals caused a filthy environment.

"Deplorable does not accurately describe it," said New York State Police Captain Steve Nigrelli.

Administrative items were seized from the shelter's adoption center inside the Eastern Hills Mall, but the animals will remain at both locations while veterinarians check their health. Animal advocate groups spoke out Wednesday and believe community involvement could have avoided this raid.

"I think what's been missing here is community involvement because these people have been trying the best they can," said Morgan Dunbar of Animal Allies of Western New York.

Police are not commenting further on this ongoing investigation. Officials would not say if charges are pending in the case. State Police and the district attorney are holding a press conference Thursday in Batavia. We expect updates on the case at that time.