SHIRLEY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A Long Island man was charged Friday with 61 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty after a number of dead animals were found at his home.
Alan Warner, 23, was arrested Friday afternoon after officials discovered about 100 animals at the house in Shirley on Tuesday, about 20 of which were dead.
Officials from the Suffolk County chapter of The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said rabbits, mice, pigeons, chinchillas, a deer, a pig and a cow were among the dozens of animals found on the property.
“The house is in deplorable condition,” Suffolk SPCA Chief Roy Gross told 1010 WINS. “There are a number of dead and alive animals in and out of the house.”
The “overwhelming” smell prompted the need for firefighters with breathing apparatuses to investigate the basement, where more animals may be located.
Veterinarians were also called in to check on the living animals.
“The most important thing right now is to save the animals that are savable,” Gross said.
The house was recently condemned by the Town of Brookhaven. It wasn’t immediately clear if there had been any prior complaints about animal cruelty at the home.