crimesider

New York house full of animals including calf discovered, say police

Animal Control officials attempt to enter a comdemned home in Shirley, N.Y.
CBS/WCBS
New York house full of animals, calf discovered, says police
Animal Control officials attempt to enter a comdemned home in Shirley, N.Y.
CBS/WCBS

(CBS/WCBS) SHIRLEY, N.Y. - More than 100 dying or dead animals were discovered at a New York home that was condemned by investigators.

PICTURES: Most Outrageous Mug Shots

Workers labored to care for and remove the animals from the two-bedroom Shirley home Tuesday.

Investigators found several animals living inside, including a calf, dogs, cats, mice and dozens of birds. Some animals were found dead. The goats and pig were in the yard.

Suffolk County Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Chief Roy Gross says pigeons were flying around the house when investigators went in. He says there was no food or water in the house.

The surviving rabbits, mice, pigeons, chinchilas, dogs, cats, goats, along with a pig and a cow, were being cared for at several different facilities. Many were malnourished and suffering from other health problems.

"Because there were so many different animals we had to work with different groups fostered and cared for until such time as they're ready to be adopted out," Gross told CBS affiliate WCBS.

Brookhaven Town's assistant chief investigator told Newsday the resident of the home was served with eight tickets to appear in community court for housing violations.

Charges against the man who lived at the home, if any, were still being determined Wednesday. Authorities were also looking into whether anyone else was involved.

An elderly woman also lived at the home. It wasn't clear if she played any role in the mistreatment of the animals.