Cleveland Drive bull lady arrested for stealing fowl

Niagara County Sheriff photos of the stolen fowl. (NCSO)
Niagara County Sheriff photos of the stolen fowl. (NCSO)

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – The Cleveland Drive resident profiled by Cheektowaga Chronicle for raising bulls in her backyard has landed herself in trouble with the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office.

Captain Bruce Elliot tells Cheektowaga Chronicle that Debra “Hillary” Singer was arrested and charged with two felonies after stealing chickens, ducks and other fowl from the person she rents chicken coops to on her Hoffman Road property in Appleton.

After the fowl’s owner called authorities about the theft, “Two detectives went to Ms. Singer’s residence on Cleveland there in Cheektowaga and were able to observe the stolen chickens and other property that was the victims,” said Captain Bruce Elliot of the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office.

Debra "Hillary" Singer cares for Virgil and Hector on February 24, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
Debra “Hillary” Singer cares for Virgil and Hector on February 24, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

A search warrant was executed last Friday on Singer’s Cleveland Drive home with the assistance of the Erie County SPCA and Cheektowaga Animal Control.

“She signed a confession that she did steal the property. Her basis is that she is concerned for the welfare of the animals and she did not feel that they were being taken care of,” added Elliot.

23 chickens, ducks and other fowl were examined by the SPCA and returned to their owner that night.  Elliot did not observe any visible negligence.

“Please work with the SPCA or your local animal ordinance officer and please do not take matters into your own hands,” said Elliot.

Singer will face a judge on May 9th to answer charges of Grand Larceny 4th Degree and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 4th Degree.

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