May 10, 2014
By: Gina Browning, Director of Public Relations

Animals include dogs, cats, several birds, reptiles

UPDATE, JUNE 9: Joyce J. Govier, 68, of Henskee Road in Alden has been charged with three counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty by SPCA Animal Cruelty Investigator and NYS Peace Officer Aaron Kandefer. Govier's arraignment is scheduled for Tuesday, June 24, 6:00 pm in Town of Alden Court.

UPDATE, MAY 14: The reptiles and birds signed over to the SPCA in this case are slowly being put up for adoption. Both domestic and exotic birds will be available. To see what reptiles and birds are available, visit the SPCA's ADOPTABLE ANIMALS PAGES. Photographs are gradually being added to the page. Instructions and other adoption details will be listed with each animal's online description as he or she become available. The page will be added to regularly. If you are interested in one or more of the DOMESTIC birds, please visit the SPCA's 205 Ensminger Rd., Tonawanda shelter. Some will also be available at the SPCA's Eastern Hills Mall adoption site. If you are interested in one of the EXOTIC birds, please call Dawn in the SPCA's Wildlife Department to schedule a meeting: 716-343-2535.

UPDATE, MAY 13: The owner of the animals rescued from an Alden property May 10 has signed over to the SPCA the birds and reptiles removed from the home. The dogs and cats have not been signed over, but have been transported to a veterinary clinic to receive further care and treatment at the expense of the owner. Charges in this case are still pending.

SPCA Serving Erie County officers and other staff are currently on the scene of an Alden property removing approximately 110 animals of various species from a condemned home.

Friday night, May 9, the SPCA received a call from members of the Erie County Sheriff's Department who were present at the home. SPCA officers arrived at the scene at approximately 8:30 pm to find the animals in varying degrees of health living in deplorable conditions. SPCA staff started removing animals Friday night until shortly before 11:00 pm, and are removing animals at this time from the property and transporting them to the SPCA’s Tonawanda shelter.

“In addition to the six horses rescued Thursday from a Newstead property [see that story here], the SPCA once again finds itself providing care for more than one hundred animals of several species at the same time,” says Executive Director Barbara Carr. “Many of these animals are need of extreme veterinary care. Those medical costs, combined with the general costs of housing and caring for so many animals at once, create another emergency financial need of sorts. We are once again turning to the community asking for their donations, allowing us to give these animals the care of which they are so desperately in need.”

Charges against the alleged owner of the animals, who was not at the property at the time of inspection, are pending.

The list of animals includes, in approximation:
Six cats
Five dogs
Four tortoises
One skink (lizard)
Approximately 104 birds , including finches, rosellas, parrotlets, cockatiels, Bourke’s parakeets,  standard parakeets, African greys, Amazon parrots, senegals, ring-necked doves, diamond doves, and more. One bird was deceased upon SPCA arrival to the property.

Keep watching for animal health updates, photos, and information on charges in this case.

You can contribute towards the care of these victims of animal cruelty here.


Those who witness a situation that might constitute
cruelty and/or violence toward animals in Erie County,
including animals left outdoors with inappropriate
shelter in yards, are encouraged to report the
circumstances to the SPCA Serving Erie County:
716-875-7360 or