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Emaciated dogs rescued from condemned Niagara Falls home

A pair of pit bull dogs, described as “emaciated,” were rescued from a condemned home Saturday, where they had apparently been left unattended for at least 12 days, according to Niagara Falls police.

Neighbors alerted police, saying they had seen no one enter the residence to feed or care for the dogs since Oct. 7. When officers arrived at 2401 Whitney Ave., they said they smelled animal feces from outside the building and heard dogs barking inside.

Officers had to force a rear door to enter the house, which is listed in real estate records as being owned by the city, and said the interior was in “deplorable” condition, with food, garbage and animal droppings scattered throughout.

Police entered a closed-off upstairs area, where they found a female pit bull running loose, and another dog locked inside a cage. They said that the cage was virtually inaccessible, with a baby crib stuffed with clothing up against it, and it appeared as though the dog had been “left to die.” Both dogs were removed to the Niagara County SPCA.

Officers also found two turtles left in an aquarium and an unidentified snake inside another tank. They were turned over to a local pet store for safekeeping. Police said that charges are being prepared in the case.

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