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Animal hoarding investigation underway at Troy home

December 19, 2018 02:19 PM

TROY - A disturbing case of animal hoarding is under investigation in Troy. Over 100 animals were found at 92 Campbell Avenue on Tuesday morning.

Troy Police said they got an anonymous online tip about a large number of animals that were not being cared for at 92 Campbell Avenue. The Mohawk Hudson Humane Society was called in around 10 a.m.

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Humane society staff members said they estimate 38 dogs, 35 cats, four to six ferrets and at least 25 birds were being kept in the home. All those animals are now at the humane society, where eventually they will undergo examination and be treated for any issues.

Todd Cramer, the CEO and President of Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, said some of the dogs had matted fur, and they could have skin issues or infections or sores underneath it. He said staff members will have to get a good look at each of these animals before moving forward.

Cramer said the owners, who have not been identified, agreed to sign over the pets almost immediately. That means the humane society can begin treating and adopting the animals out to the public.

Officials leading the evacuation on Tuesday said they did an initial walk-through and found that they needed to suit up and wear respirators because of the condition in the home was in. Urine and feces and debris could have posed a danger to the people going through the house and collecting the animals.

One woman with the humane society said there was a dog room and a cat room as well as an attic where many birds were kept in glass tanks. She said there may be more birds and cats in the house and that they will have to do a more thorough examination sometime on Wednesday. They also set some humane traps for cats that weren't found on Tuesday.

In the meantime, Cramer said taking in these animals will exhaust their resources and their staffing. He's urging anyone who wishes to help to make a donation or volunteer their time at the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society. He said adopting an animal that is already ready to go home can also help make space for the new rescues.

Stay tuned to NewsChannel 13 for the latest on this developing story.

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Emily Burkhard

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