Cattaraugus County SPCA Rescues Several Abused Animals
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HINSDALE, N.Y. - One and a half year old Meesha is in pretty tough shape.
"He's extremely malnourished, nice little dog, but very very underweight," said Kelly Chaffee, Cattaraugus County SPCA President.
Meesha was rescued from a house in Hinsdale, and is just one of 77 abused animals brought to safety this week by agents with the Cattaraugus County SPCA.
Agents also seized several malnourished and emaciated sheep, lamb, horses, cows, chickens, a rabbit and a goat, from two separate farms in Otto and East Otto.
"So it's heart wrenching because on two different occasions, we went there, no food and water, and you wonder how long can they last like that, and if you walked into the he sheep barn, where the sheep were, they were screaming so loud, you couldn't, it was deafening," said Chaffee.
"A lot of empty water dishes, poop everywhere, really sickening how it was. Metal everywhere, horses were drinking out of rusted car doors. Just unacceptable," said Randy Sigler, Cattaraugus County SPCA Investigator
Several of the animals have now been placed in other shelters, while others, like a few of the horses, remain at the SPCA to get the care they need.
"You've got to make sure, you absolutely make sure they get love. I mean, that's a huge thing for us, everybodys got to be cared for and loved, because sometimes it takes a really long time to find them homes. You know, these animals a lot of times have nothing before they come to us," said Chaffee.
While SPCA agents are still trying to locate the owner of the dog, the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office reports charges are pending against the owners of the two farms, yet investigators say the department is taking the matter very seriously.
"You're not going to be able to have animals and keep animals on property, when you're not properly taking care of them, or the SPCA will step in and take what action needed and the sheriffs office is here to assist them in doing search warrants and any removal of animals that are not being cared for properly," said Detective Nathan Root, Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Office.
Animals like Meesha, who may be looking for a new home as early as next week.