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ANIMAL CRUELTY CASE ADJOURNED TO MAY 25

The animal cruelty case against a 49-year-old former animal rescue volunteer who kept more than 75 cats in his Town of Tonawanda home was adjourned Wednesday until May 25, a town court official said.

Christopher G. Huber was charged April 21 with animal cruelty after town police responded to a call of foul odors coming from his Traverse Boulevard home. Authorities said they found dozens of cats in the house filled with trash, feces and cat urine. The SPCA so far retrieved 77 cats.

Gina Browning, spokeswoman for the agency, said there are still cats hiding in the home. Humane traps have been set to capture them. She said the health of the cats varied but most have upper respiratory infections.

Michael P. Hazen, the town's supervising building inspector, said Huber's house has not been condemned, but it is uninhabitable.

Huber adopted at least 14 cats from Second Chance Sheltering Network, a volunteer animal rescue organization, where he was once a volunteer.