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East Amherst woman charged with animal cruelty

The SPCA Serving Erie County last week seized more than 100 animals from an East Amherst home and on Tuesday charged a woman with two counts of animal cruelty.

From snakes, spiders and frogs to birds, fish and lizards, the animals were taken from a home on Wellingwood Drive where they were found in “improper, unsafe and unsanitary housing,” the SPCA announced Wednesday. The list of animals also included amphibians, reptiles and other small mammals. In total, more than 115 animals were seized, officials said.

Mary Hughes faces two misdemeanor counts, according to the agency.

The animals were all taken to the SPCA’s shelter in Tonawanda. An iguana was euthanized, the SPCA said, because it was emaciated, lethargic and showed signs of difficulty moving because of a broken back.

Several hundred insects were removed from the property, the SPCA said.

Hughes is due in Amherst Town Court on Oct. 13.

Anyone wishing to contribute towards the care of these animals should call the SPCA at (716) 629-3523. An online donation page is being set up.

Many of the animals will be available for adoption at the Tonawanda shelter, 205 Ensminger Road; the SPCA’s Eastern Hills Mall adoption site and at Honey Hill Pet Center in the mall starting Thursday.


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