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Children were living in the home with dead and decomposing animals

Posted at 12:23 PM, Dec 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-07 18:28:17-05

The two people who had dead and decomposing animals in their home have been charged with endangering the welfare of a child.

An investigation into a complaint of two dead opossum in traps and a sickly fox in a cage led to the discovery of of numerous dead and decomposing animals.

According to the Niagara County Sheriff, Robyn and Thomas Dawe had three children between the ages of 14 and 17 living in the house where the animals were kept. The children are now being cared for by a relative.

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC), Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) and the Niagara County SPCA investiaged at 3374 Beebe Road in the Town of Wilson on Tuesday.

After obtaining a warrant for the property, authorities found numerous snakes, birds, rats, cats and dogs in the house, many dead and in various stages of decomposition.

The DEC says outside were two dead opossum in traps and two ranch foxes, one dead and one alive.

The DEC took the live fox to a licensed rehabilitator Tuesday night.

Officials say Robyn Dawe was given two tickets for failing to check traps and additional wildlife possession charges may be pending - authorities are waiting on the identification on the snakes and birds.

If you have any information regarding this case, contact the SPCA and Niagara County Sheriff's Office.