ALBION, NY-An Orleans County animal shelter has shut down and its nearly 100 animals were turned over to the Humane Society of Greater Rochester following a law enforcement investigation into conditions at the shelter.
According to the Humane Society, more than 75 cats, 20 dogs and a rat were transferred Friday from the People for Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) facility in on Gaines Basin Road Albion to Lollypop Farm in Perinton.
No criminal charges have been filed as a result of the investigation, which was sparked by numerous complaints to the Humane Society by people concerned about the health and welfare of animals in the care of PAWS. According to the Humane Society, animal cruelty investigators found numerous animals suffering from untreated ear mites, upper respiratory infections and chronic conjunctivitis. Record-keeping about daily care and veterinary treatment was also found to be spotty.
According to Lollypop Farm officials, staffers with PAWS voluntarily relinquished care of the animals and temporarily closed the shelter. The investigation is continuing.
"While assuming the care of this large number of animals at once is a burden on our organization, this is ultimately the best solution to ensure the animals receive proper care and have the best chance at being adopted into new homes," said Alice Calabrese, president of Lollypop Farm.
Meaghan McDermott/Rochester Democrat and Chronicle