Dead animals left on LaFayette lawn lead deputies to take kids, 17 pets from home

Posted by Big Rat on Campus on Oct 4, 2017 in Rat News | Subscribe

LAFAYETTE, N.Y. — National Grid workers were on a call Tuesday in LaFayette when they found two dead animals on a front lawn, deputies said.

The animals’ bodies were left in cages in front of 3384 Route 11, said Sgt. Jon Seeber, an Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. They were so decomposed that it was impossible to tell what kind of animals they were, he said.

Deputies were called to the home at 3:40 p.m.

When they arrived, deputies discovered three children and more than a dozen animals were living in “deplorable” conditions, Seeber said. Insects — including fleas and ticks — had infested the inside of the feces-covered home, he said.

The homeowner, Melissa Spencer, was charged with endangering the welfare of the children who lived in her home and animal cruelty.

Workers with the Central New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals responded to the home to help remove 17 animals. Dogs, cats, birds, rabbits, pet rats, ferrets and guinea pigs were taken from the residence, Seeber said.

Due to the condition of the home, Onondaga County Child Protective Services workers also responded. The children are staying with a family friend, Seeber said.

LaFayette’s code officer has deemed the Route 11 home uninhabitable, Seeber said.

Deputies charged Spencer with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. The SPCA charged her with animal cruelty.

Spencer was released from custody on an appearance ticket, Seeber said. She is due to appear in LaFayette Town Court on Oct. 25.

Article source: http://www.syracuse.com/crime/index.ssf/2017/10/dead_animals_left_on_lafayette_lawn_lead_deputies_to_take_children_17_pets_from.html

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