NIAGARA FALLS, NY - The Niagara County SPCA has started the process of finding homes for the more than 60 small dogs brought into the shelter this week.
More than 60 dogs and puppies were seized from a Lockport home following an investigation by the Niagara County Sheriffs Department and State Police.
The Niagara County Sheriff's Office says the homeowner, 50-year-old Ellouise Magrum, is facing misdemeanor charges of endangering the welfare of a child and animal cruelty. She pleaded not guilty in Lockport Town Court Tuesday night.
Dozens of people are on the waiting list to adopt the dogs. Homes of potential dog owners will have to be screened before the adoptions can be finalized. Officials expect most of the pups to be in their new homes by the end of the week.
The SPCA is asking for monetary donations to help pay for the procedures, including getting the pets spayed and neutered. They're also looking for donations of puppy chow, puppy pads and newspapers to help care for the dogs.
If you can't make it out to the Niagara County SPCA, you can drop off donations at Channel 2 Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm until February 8th. We are located at: 259 Delaware Avenue in downtown Buffalo.
Anyone interested in adopting one of the dogs should call the shelter at 716-731-4368 and ask to be placed on their waiting list.