The Niagara County SPCA has taken in 64 dogs after they were found in a crowded home in the Town of Lockport over the weekend. As YNN's Kate McGowan explains, the shelter is now relying on the public's help in finding the puppies a loving home.
NIAGARA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Sixty-four Pomeranian puppies arrived at the Niagara County SPCA Monday morning.
On Saturday, the SPCA was notified by sheriff's deputies about a number of dogs at a home on Royal Parkway South in Lockport. Officials are comparing the animals living conditions in that house to that of a puppy mill.
"It was breeding operation that had gotten a bit out of control, a little bit overwhelming for the owner," said shelter director Amy Lewis.
When animal control officers walked inside, they found cages of Pomeranians in nearly every room, and a rancid odor.
"Feces and urine were confined to cages and the house was walkable. Just the overcrowding, extreme urine and feces and odor," said Lockport animal control officer, Barry Kobrin.
Lewis explained, "The dogs themselves are not in bad condition, they're all in desperate need of baths. The worst really were the conditions at the home. We got to them soon enough."
The dogs range in age from about nine years old to just two weeks old.
"I was actually surprised," expressed Lewis. "A lot of them are very social. We only had an issue with about three of them. And that should be expected in this type of situation."
Sheriffs deputies said the homeowner, Elly Magrum, has been charged with a town ordinance violation and harboring animals, but more charges are on the way. Magrum will appear in Town of Lockport Court on Tuesday.
The shelter's director said Magrum has been cooperating with the investigation and all dogs will be turned over to the SPCA by Monday night. They could be adopted as early as Wednesday.
"You know, it's not the dogs' fault. Bottom line. There's way too many and these poor guys are being sold, being bred, there's no licensing," exclaimed Kobrin.
To find out how you can help, you can contact the Niagara County SPCA at 716-731-4368.