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A Clarence woman faces animal cruelty charges after SPCA officials visited her Tonawanda Creek Road residence Friday and found extreme squalor and dozens of malnourished animals.

Cynthia Long, 45, is accused of failing to heed repeated warnings to clean up her property and her animals and continuing to hold numerous animals in filthy and hazardous conditions, according to Gina Browning, SPCA public relations director.

In all, 17 pigeons, 10 cats, three ducks, two chickens, two rabbits, a macaw, a cockatoo, a dog and a donkey were surrendered by Long and taken to the SPCA shelter on Emsinger Road, Town of Tonawanda, for evaluation.

Browning said the investigation stemmed from an anonymous call that was received more than a month ago.

She said the cats have lost fur and have serious flea problems; the dog, a Samoyed husky, was covered in filth; and the donkey was extremely frail with overgrown hooves. The yard and house were unsanitary with scattered manure patches.

Browning said the Erie County Sheriff's Department also responded to the situation, and the Health Department has been notified.

SPCA officials were aware of the problems at Tonawanda Creek Road home and had been trying to work with Long to improve conditions. Long made temporary improvements, Browning said, but soon returned to her old ways.

"She did start to improve, and then she went increasingly down hill," she said.


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