Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Exotic birds, farm animals seized from Springville resident

By Janice L. Habuda

A menagerie of birds and other animals was seized today from a Springville property owner who was characterized as a "repeat offender" by an animal welfare organization.
An anonymous tip about the Cattaraugus Street site led to a raid there early this afternoon, according to Gina Browning, a spokeswoman for the SPCA Serving Erie County.

"We have got everything from exotic birds to farm animals ... miniature horses," Browning said. The creatures -- more than 40 in all -- were housed indoors and out.
"The most disturbing part of this, there were animal fragments strewn across the property," Browning said. Evidence of that nature was collected, she said.
The woman who lives at the address is known to authorities as a "repeat offender," Browning said. The woman's first name is Gloria, but it's believed she has taken a different last name since her last brush with the SPCA.
A little more than two years ago, a woman named Gloria Johnson and two of her children were charged with animal cruelty after authorities seized 16 animals, including a pregnant dog that subsequently gave birth to two puppies, at the same property. The outcome of that court case wasn't immediately available..."  More

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