HAUPPAUGE - Authorities have spent the day investigating why 16 different animal species were packed inside a Shirley home.
The Town of Brookhaven has started its probe into who may face charges after more than 100 animals, both dead and alive, were found inside the home on Malba Drive in deplorable conditions and removed yesterday.
No criminal charges have been filed yet, but SPCA officials say 23-year-old Alan Warner is a subject of their investigation. They say Warner has been living at the home with his fiancée and an 87-year-old woman who he says he looks after.
A relative of Warner's says he is a good person who was only trying to help the animals. However, Suffolk SPCA officials say it appears to be a classic case of animal hoarding.
"It may start out at one point with good intentions, and it just gets overrun," says Sgt. Regina Benfante, of the Suffolk SPCA.
Town officials condemned the house and slapped Warner with eight appearance tickets for housing-related violations. He is due in court in April.
The Suffolk SPCA says it needs donations to help place and care for the animals. If you would like to help out the Suffolk SPCA call their office at 631-382-7722.
Checks can be sent to: 363 Route 111 Smithtown, NY 11787
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