Hoarding Couple in Court
Clarence, NY (WKBW) - The Clarence couple accused of animal hoarding and keeping their children in a home of deplorable conditions faced a judge Thursday night in Clarence. Matthew and Amie Burkley were each charged with endangering the welfare of a child, after authorities raided their home on Wednesday, finding what authorities called a "house of horrors." The home and nearby barn were filled with animals, feces and trash -- all inside a house with children. The Clarence Animal Control estimates there were about 100 animals on the property. So far less than 10 animals have been euthanized, but many others are extremely sick and malnourished. Horses, chickens, prairie dogs and geese are just some of the animals found living in the Clarence home and barn on Goodrich Road that belongs to Amie and Matthew Burkley. The couple will face at least 5 charges of animal cruelty, with more charges possible from Animal Control. The four children living inside the house have been placed with relatives. The couple was released after their arraignment Thursday night, and are due back in court in February.