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Thursday, August 28, 2014

More than a dozen cats were taken from a Prospect Street home on Tuesday. Ten more
were found in a Newfane field and one was removed from a Beverly Avenue home. 
Officials from the SPCA of Niagara rounded up two dozen cats at sites in Newfane and Lockport on Wednesday with the help of local law enforcement.

Niagara County Sheriff's deputies were called to a home on Applewood Lane in Newfane around 10 a.m. regarding a possible animal abuse complaint they had received Tuesday from a concerned resident.

Patrols met there with SPCA officials, where they found the trailer in "deplorable condition" and it was soon determined that the animals had been moved, according to the NCSO report. The Newfane building inspector was called out and the trailer was condemned.

Deputies then responded to an address on Prospect Street in Lockport, where LPD assisted in removing 11 cats and four kittens. They were taken to the SPCA of Niagara shelter for evaluation.

"All suffered from flea infestation and anemia, upper respiratory infections and several were emaciated, blind from eye infections and had open wounds," according to the SPCA.

Investigation led deputies back to Newfane — to an address on Drake Settlement Road —. where 10 cats were removed from a field.

"The owner of these animals is pending charges for not providing medical treatment for the animals," the SPCA said.

In a separate incident, LPD responded to a second Lockport address — this one on Beverly Avenue. One cat was removed from the home and it's believed that dozens more may be inside, however, due to the amount of debris in the home, the cats could not be located. The home was condemned by Chief Building Inspector Jason Dool due to unsanitary conditions. SPCA staff will be at the home for the next few days trapping the cats and taking them to their shelter.

Further investigation of these situations will conducted by the SPCA of Niagara.

The SPCA is accepting donations of cat litter and cash to offset the costs of maintaining the new influx of cats. Donations may be made online at or in person at 2100 Lockport Road in Niagara Falls. The shelter is also holding a fee waived adoption promotion to help with the number of cats in the building.

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