Dogs, cats, horses seized at Yaphank home

More than 50 dogs, 15 cats, two horses, a pony and a goat were seized in a raid at a Yaphank home yesterday.

Suffolk County SPCA Chief Roy Gross says some officers wore hazmat suits and oxygen masks while removing the animals. He says the conditions were among the worst he has seen.

By mid-afternoon, the Town of Brookhaven had labeled the house "an unlawful structure unfit for human occupancy" and had it condemned.

"I couldn't even get in the front door because of the odor," says Brookhaven Town Supervisor Mark Lesko.

Besides the house, officials say animals were kept in a barn and two other structures on the property.

Some of the animals appear to be in decent condition, but officials say one dog is in critical condition. Other animals are emaciated and dehydrated, according to authorities.

Officials say the owner of the house, Deborah Miller, had been claiming to run an animal rescue facility from her home, but say she did not have the proper permits to do so.

According to officials, Miller could face animal cruelty charges.

Associated Press reports contributed to this article.

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