PORT CHESTER, N.Y. -- The Humane Law Enforcement Unit of the SPCA of Westchester removed 35 reptiles, including turtles, bearded dragons, chameleons and leopard geckos, from a residence in Port Chester after determining that the animals were not being cared for properly and that their owners were out of the country.
The Port Chester Police Department, responding to an anonymous complaint concerning dogs at 144 Smith St., found 20 dogs inside and outside the residence. Reptile cages, stacked three high, were found on the front porch with several dead animals in the highest cages.
The SPCA’s HLE Unit was called to assess the situation for possible cruelty. A veterinarian determined there was no cruelty involving the dogs, which were being cared for by a family member. They were, however, not groomed and were infested with fleas. A notice to comply was issued.
The HLE Unit and SPCA staff transported the 35 reptiles to the SPCA in Briarcliff Manor. Reptile specialist Chris Cooper and several staff members from Teatown Lake Reservation in Ossining assisted the SPCA in treating the reptiles, setting up appropriate habitats and feeding them. HLE is attempting to contact the owners of the reptiles and the case is still under investigation at this time.