WILSON — The SPCA of Niagara seized a total of 330 animals – snakes, birds, rats, mice and two miniature pigs – from a home and barn on Beebe Road in Wilson Tuesday.
SPCA Executive Director Amy L. Lewis released the official tally Wednesday, but said animal cruelty charges have yet to be filed against the resident of the home, Robyn L. Dawe, 59.
She and her daughter Maria Dawe, 21, told The Buffalo News Tuesday night that they had a large number of animals because an exotic animal business they had temporarily shut down, and Maria took over some animals belonging to a business partner. She said the partner was not caring for the animals properly.
Lewis said, "Quite a few of the birds have already been adopted, and some of the snakes." There were 67 snakes in all. Lewis said the SPCA is still trying to arrange for proper cages for all of the animals at its Lockport Road shelter in Wheatfield.
Robyn Dawe was given appearance tickets Tuesday on charges of child endangerment – she has four teenaged children in her home – and failing to check hunting traps on her property. She denied any knowledge of the traps.