MENANDS, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Over 200 animals are resting at area shelters after they were taken from a Westerlo property on Tuesday.
“Inside the house, it was just unlivable either for people or animals,” Mohawk Hudson Humane Society Executive Director Brad Shear said. “It was just disgusting. It was not clean. The animals were living in their own feces and urine.”
Shear said dozens of animals were living in horrible conditions at a property on Lobdell Mill Road in Westerlo. On Tuesday, rescue groups removed over 240 animals, including chickens, ducks, geese, goats, rabbits, and pigeons. Cats and dogs were taken to the humane society to recover.
Veterinary staff said the cats and dogs were underweight and suffer from fleas, parasites and other health issues.
“There wasn’t enough food or water available to the animals or feed for the animals outside,” Shear said. “It was really just terrible conditions for them.”
A concerned neighbor, who did not want to be identified, said she has made complaints for years. She said she even fed some of the owner’s cats.
“I started catching them the best I could, and I would bring them to the humane society,” she said. “The dogs were always left outside no matter the conditions.”
An overwhelming odor was also at the property.
“We can’t even open our windows in the summertime because of the smell,” the neighbor said.
Owner Nancy Wright was charged with Animal Cruelty.
“It should have been taken care of a long time ago,” the neighbor said. “Me and my family, we had enough. We didn’t want to see this happen anymore.”
The goal of the humane society is to nurse all the animals back to health to be ready for adoption, which will take place because the owner has relinquished all her rights to the animals.