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Wilson couple arraigned, but not on animal cruelty charges

WILSON - A Wilson couple from whom the SPCA of Niagara seized scores of animals last week have yet to be charged with animal cruelty, but they were arraigned Tuesday night in Town Court on child endangerment charges.

Robyn and Thomas Dawe pleaded not guilty to the charges filed by the Niagara County Sheriff's Office after three of their four teenaged children were allegedly present in the Beebe Road home the SPCA searched Dec. 6.

The SPCA seized 330 animals -  snakes, birds, rats and mice, plus two miniature pigs - which the agency said were not being properly cared for, and removed a few dead animals, too. The seizures were made from the house and a barn. Executive Director Amy L. Lewis said she expects animal cruelty charges to be filed "within the next week."

The Dawes' 21-year-old daughter Maria Dawe told The Buffalo News last week that she brought home many of the animals because they had been left in poor condition by her former business partner in an exotic animal business she used to operate in Wheatfield.

 

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