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Wednesday, May 4, 2005County: Erie
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Alleged: Linda Metzger
SPCA investigators removed one deceased bird, one dog, and six cats from 124 Poultney Street, Buffalo on May 4, 2005. The animals resided with their owner in filthy conditions inside the residence.
After intervention by concerned family members, the animals' owner, Linda Metzger, was brought to Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) earlier today for care and evaluation. ECMC representatives contacted the SPCA after Metzger was admitted, asking agents to remove the animals. SPCA Investigators Michael Armatys and Charles Braun originally responded to the call; upon arrival and observation of the conditions, called in the agency's Paul Breslin and William Sullivan for assistance.
"The front door could only open about eight inches due to debris blocking it," states Sullivan. "The debris inside measured four feet high and five feet wide, and ran the entire length of the living room. There was no bare floor; the floor, and the furniture, were all covered with animal feces."
All of the animals have been surrendered by Metzger to the SPCA. Officers are still in the process of trapping and removing additional cats from the property.
"Although there are significantly fewer animals than we've seen in recent situations, the deplorable conditions, presence of the deceased bird, and poor health of the other animals makes this a textbook hoarding situation," Armatys says.
- SPCA - May 4, 2005
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