Dozens of animals seized by SPCA of Tompkins County in Newfield hoarding case

November 18, 2015 by Mark H. Anbinder

Executive Director Jim Bouderau of the SPCA of Tompkins County says 28 animals were seized from a home in Newfield in a suspected hoarding and neglect case. Three additional animals were found already deceased in the home.

SPCA officers found dozens of animals "living in complete squalor" in this trailer in Newfield. Photo provided.SPCA officers found dozens of animals "living in complete squalor" in this trailer in Newfield. Photo provided.Officers executed a search warrant at a Newfield trailer following an investigation that resulted from complaints from diligent neighbors, and involving "individuals known to the SPCA for some time now," according to a release from the SPCA.

Bouderau says 15 dogs, four rabbits, eight cats, and one chinchilla were found alive, "living in complete squalor" in the trailer, which was "covered in urine and feces, and garbage and debris was strewn everywhere." SPCA humane investigators, veterinary support staff, and Tompkins County Sheriff's deputies were on site when a warrant was served on November 11th, and those entering the residence had to wear respirators and protective gear, according to the SPCA.

The surviving animals were taken to the SPCA for medical evaluation and recovery, and necropsies are being performed to determine the cause of death of the animals who had been found already deceased. The investigation into the situation is still ongoing, and charges have yet to be filed, according to the SPCA.

"This is a horrible situation," says Bouderau, "especially knowing that three animals did not make it out alive. It is amazing that 28 animals had survived living in these horrendous conditions." He says that while it's not the largest animal hoarding case the SPCA has dealt with, "it was certainly one of the worst in terms of living conditions."

Bouderau says evaluating and providing medical attention and care for each of the rescued animals will run "an average cost of $600 for everything we will need to do," so monetary donations are urgently needed and can be made online at spcaonline.com, by e-mailing gifts@spcaonline.com, or by telephone by calling 607-257-1822 extension 232 or 247. The SPCA release added that their financial reserves are substantially depleted following "one of our busiest times of the year in 'kitten season,'" so the "lage influx of animals in need severely impacts our day to day operations at the shelter, as well as our financial resources."

"We had extra volunteers in last week" to help evaluate and care for the animals, Bouderau says. Most of the animals have been signed over to the SPCA, and Bouderau says most will be put up for adoption tomorrow and through the weekend. In addition to monetary donations, he adds, "Adopters are needed!"

The SPCA's Dorothy and Roy Park Pet Adoption Center is open for adoptions every day but Wednesday, open 12-7pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12-5pm the other days of the week. The SPCA Annex at the Shops at Ithaca Mall is open Monday through Saturday 11am-7pm and Sunday 11am-6pm.

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