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Tonawanda homeowner faces multiple charges after SPCA removes 27 dogs from his house

A Town of Tonawanda man was charged with violating three town ordinances after officials removed 27 live dogs, three dead dogs and three dead cats from his home Thursday.

Bruno I. Varbanov, 59, was the owner and apparently the only resident at 868 Delaware Road, where town police and staffers from the SPCA Serving Erie County found the animals in what police called “deplorable conditions.”

Varbanov was charged with harboring 19 unlicensed dogs older than 4 months, having a residence with unsanitary conditions, and improper kenneling of dogs with no visible water for the animals.

SPCA officials are expected to lodge animal cruelty charges as well.

Police officials said a court date for all the charges Varbanov is likely to face will be scheduled after the SPCA finalizes its charges against him.

The dogs are being held at the SPCA facility on Ensminger Road in the town.

Barbara Carr, executive director of the SPCA, said a neighbor called the SPCA on Thursday to complain about one of Varbanov’s dogs’ being let out of the house. That led to a check of the residence and calls to police for assistance in dealing with all the animals.

Officials said one large dog was in a crate outside the house that was filled with feces.

SPCA officials said the house is expected to be condemned as unlivable by the town and Erie County Health Department.