SPCA called to home on Hoerner Avenue

A humane officer from the S.P.C.A. walks from the home where around 20 cats were found on March 7, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
A humane officer from the S.P.C.A. walks from the home where around 20 cats were found on March 7, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. – The S.P.C.A. serving Erie County took five cats from a house after police found two men living in unsafe conditions.  

The situation unfolded around 8 p.m. at a home along the 100 block of Hoerner Avenue Tuesday.  A resident from the house flagged down a passing patrol car asking for help locating his roommate who left the house on a bicycle.

The roommate eventually return, but when police were inside the home, they requested the town building inspector and the S.P.C.A. because of conditions.

A humane officer from the S.P.C.A. places a cat carrier into her van on March 7, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)
A humane officer from the S.P.C.A. places a cat carrier into her van on March 7, 2017. (Jim Herr/Cheektowaga Chronicle)

A source involved in the investigation tells Cheektowaga Chronicle that nearly two dozen cats were found inside the home and numerous housing code violations were recorded forcing the town to make the house temporarily uninhabitable.

A S.P.C.A. humane officer took around five cats from the home Tuesday night.  The others were evaluated and a further investigation will take place Wednesday.

The two men were assisted in finding temporary housing.  The home is owned by an out-of-town landlord and the two men can return once the house is brought back up to code.


An update to this story was done on March 23, 2017. Read “Violations for Hoerner Avenue house of squalor”

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