Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Niagara County SPCA officials didn’t need much time Monday to remove the 60 Pomeranian dogs from a puppy mill inside a Royal Parkway South home.
Animal rescuers arrived around 8:30 a.m. and, about a half hour later, they were on their way back to the Lockport Road-based shelter in the Town of Niagara.
Shelter Director Amy Lewis said Monday afternoon that veterinarians were examining the dogs and found them to be in fairly good shape.
“We’ve gotten through most of them, vaccinating, de-worming; a lot of them are getting some grooming,” Lewis said. “We have a lot of typical small-breed dog issues; dental disease... but for the most part the dogs look good. They just need a little cleaning up on the outside.”
The owner of the home, Ellouise Magrum, 50, faces town zoning code violations, unlicensed dogs, excessive noise and harboring illegal dogs.
The dogs were discovered by a sheriff’s deputy and a state trooper who were investigating a juvenile complaint at the home, located at 6603 Royal Parkway South, off Beattie Avenue. They immediately summoned the town’s dog control officer, Barry Kobrin.
Kobrin said Monday evening the conditions of the home itself weren’t too bad.
“But the living conditions for the family were bad and the living conditions for the dogs were bad,” Kobrin said. “The house permeated of urine and feces. People shouldn’t be living in those conditions.”
The house, with five dozen dogs ranging in age from two weeks to nine years, was “overcrowded,” Kobrin said, with all but two rooms containing the animals.
Cages were scattered throughout. Some of the cages held up to six dogs.
“The poor things were basically living in filth,” he said “The house itself was not filthy, but the living conditions for the dogs was filthy and (the air) was bad. You can only stay in that ammonia for so long before you start to have medical problems.”