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Homes found for animals taken from South Buffalo flat

Many of the more than 100 animals removed from the South Buffalo apartment of George and Ellen Zimmerman on Feb. 9 are safe and sound in foster homes, according to Gina Browning, spokeswoman for the SPCA serving Erie County.

"All of the chickens have been placed," Browning said Thursday, "but we still have the roosters. We're able to save the lives of so many animals because volunteers open their homes up."

The Zimmermans' seven tarantulas have been placed with educational facilities, she noted.

"They don't go to private homes," she said. "This is the first time we've had tarantulas since 1990."

Several animals are still in the SPCA infirmary, she added.

"Some were malnourished, some were dehydrated, some had open wounds," she said. "One of the bunnies -- the one pictured on our Web site -- had a severe nose cut."

Browning said the Zimmermans had to sign releases for the animals before they were removed. George Zimmerman was arraigned this week on an animal cruelty charge. None of the creatures will be given back to them, she said.

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