TWO ERIE COUNTY ANIMAL HOARDING CASES IN ONE WEEK RESULT IN MORE THAN 300 ANIMALS BEING CARED FOR BY SPCA

April 18, 2011
By: Gina Browning, SPCA Director of Public Relations
 

eAST cONCORD, oRCHARD pARK CASES INCLUDE CATS, CHICKENS, DOGS, MORE


UPDATE, APRIL 27: In Orchard Park Town Court yesterday, The Honorable Edward A. Pace ordered a psychological evaluation for Jennifer Greene to determine her capabilities in caring for animals. Greene has surrendered to the SPCA all but 20 of her 200 cats. Her next court appearance for sentencing will be announced at a later date.

A Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society effort to assist the SPCA with some of the ill cats resulted in cooperation from local clinics All Creatures Animal Hospital, City Creatures Animal Hospital, Donner Creek Veterinary Hospital, and Central Park Animal Hospital. 

The SPCA extends an impassioned thanks to the Cat Fanciers Association (CFA), a national association of professional cat breeders. Because of this association, the ill cats healthy enough to receive treatment and extended care have been distributed throughout the country and locally to veterinary hospitals, most of which are donating their services to help these cats. The cats suffer from several illnesses, including Tritrichomonas (an infection most commonly seen in colonies of cats and multicat households, where the organism is presumably spread between cats by close and direct contact) and ringworm.

Without the extraordinary help of the CFA, the outlook for these extremely ill cats would have been quite grim. The SPCA is extremely grateful for the life-saving efforts of this group.
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One week later, SPCA Serving Erie County officers and animal caretakers are still on the scene of a 200-animal hoarding situation in Orchard Park, NY, while more than 100 animals from an East Concord hoarding case are being cared for at the SPCA's Tonawanda shelter.

On Monday, April 11, SPCA officers received and responded to a tip on animal health conditions in the Scherff Road, Orchard Park home of Jennifer Green. The number of cats in the feces-filled home, originally thought to total 60, grew to 200 as the week progressed. Twenty-one unsanitary litterboxes were found by humane society representatives. SPCA officials have been working with local agencies to have the house cleaned to minimal standards, which will allow the agency to keep representatives on-site to work with the cats. These expenses, medical expenses, care costs, and additional staff costs have exceeded $10,000 in just one week.

"Of the 200 cats, at least 83 of them have a 'body scale' of 1, meaning that they would probably not survive treatment," says SPCA Executive Director Barbara Carr. "The extremity of their illnesses makes it impossible for them to recover."

"Every single cat is ill, and we suspect many are ill with very contagious infections," says SPCA Deputy Director Beth Shapiro, explaining why the cats had to stay on-site. "Staff members are at the property every day trying to help the cats' owner while at the same time doing anything we can to give the cats any level of comfort possible." Veterinarians were forced to euthanize some of the cats due to extreme pain and illnesses.

Green was charged with one count of animal cruelty thus far, and was arraigned in Orchard Park Town Court April 21. Her next court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday, April 26.

On Wednesday, April 13, SPCA officers were called to an East Concord home after several animals in deplorable conditions were reported to the humane society. Seventy-five chickens, 15 cats, six dogs, two ducks, two geese, and one pigeon were living in feces more than one foot deep in spots in the home and garage, according to SPCA officers, who also said the animals formed tunnels through the feces piles to gain access to rooms in the home. The animals were transported to the SPCA's Tonawanda shelter throughout the day, and the animals' owner was taken by ambulance for psychological evaluation. Charges in this case are pending.

Keep watching YourSPCA.org for additional information on these cases. If you suspect a loved one is in an animal hoarding situation growing out of his or her control, please urge him or her to contact the SPCA for assistance before conditions reach the extremes described above. Call 716-875-7360 for information.

 

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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 cruelty@yourspca.org.