WASHINGTON COUNTY (KDKA) — A Washington County man is going through dozens of animal neglect and cruelty fees after state police say each cats and cockatiels have been discovered residing in deplorable circumstances.
James Lane, 46, is going through 77 counts of animal cruelty and neglect. State police say the animals have been residing amongst feces and rubbish, and the cats additionally have been infested with fleas.
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The trooper dealing with the investigation instructed KDKA that 16 cats and 13 cockatiels have been discovered within the basement of the home, which is situated on Browntown Road.
Brad Shaffer, a neighbor, stated he noticed animal management there a number of weeks in the past.
“They came in. I let them park at my house so they could get in and take care of what they needed to do,” stated Shaffer.
Shaffer stated he didn’t see investigators taking the animals out of the house and by no means interacted with Lane. KDKA’s Amy Wadas knocked on Lane’s door, however nobody would discuss.
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While the animals had clear meals and water, troopers stated the cockatiels have been being housed in filthy cages. They stated the house wreaked of urine and feces, and many of the animals wanted veterinary care.
On prime of that, investigators say one of many cats had a foul an infection on its ear with a big bump that gave the impression to be a tumor.
“Why would they keep that many animals in the house? Just not right,” stated neighbor Corrina Kelley. “It wasn’t fair to the animals.”
A couple of days after the invention, state police stated Lane agreed to give up the animals. When investigators went inside the house, they stated it smelled like bleach, a sign that the house had simply been cleaned.
“I feel bad for the animals, of course. Hopefully, they’ll get relocated or find better homes,” stated Shaffer.
A humane officer stated the animals are all in good situation now. She stated the birds have since been positioned in correct properties, whereas among the cats have been positioned in respected rescues. Other cats nonetheless want a house.
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You can attain out right here for those who’re involved in giving one of many remaining cats a house.