60 Dogs Discovered in Lockport Home
A Town of Lockport homeowner is under investigation, after police and animal control officers discovered 60 dogs living inside her house.
As YNN's Kate McGowan reports, neighbors in the area say the smell and consistent barking coming from the home have been a problem for years.
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LOCKPORT, N.Y. -- "It starts at 7 a.m. and goes until about 9 p.m. at night," exclaimed a Lockport resident.
The man who lives next door to this Lockport home said the barking coming from his neighbors house is incessant.
He didn't want to show his face on camera but wanted to explain what he and other neighbors have been dealing with for the past few years.
"Where in an area like this, we're right on top of each other. And it's definitely an issue. I know neighbors have complained and complained and complained," he expressed.
Those complaints were finally heard. On Saturday, State Police and Niagara County Sheriff's deputies said they found 60 Pomeranian dogs inside, ranging in age from a few weeks to seven years old. Deputies said they were responding to a juvenile complaint when they made the discovery.
"This is, in my eyes, a puppy mill," said Town of Lockport dog control officer, Berry Kobrin.
Kobrin said nearly every room inside the home is completely filled with Pomeranian puppies and said conditions are poor.
"The urine, and the feces, just the smell from that alone gets into your nose, it will be in my nose all day. Just something you can't get rid of," he exclaimed.
He added that many of the dogs appear to be healthy. The Niagara County SPCA will examine each puppy once they're all removed from the home early this week.
But Kobrin said it's not just the animals who were suffering. Two children lived there as well.
"The children gave up their rooms for the dogs and CPS has been notified because due to the fact that, do we have a problem because the children gave up their rooms to sleep on the couch or a chair. Was that their choice or the puppy business choice?"
In the Town of Lockport, there can only be three licensed dogs for every household.
The homeowner was charged with Harboring Animals and a Town Ordinance violation. Deputies said more changes are pending.