October 16, 2018 – Alexander Hogan – Channel 69WFMZ
ALLENTOWN, Pa. – For the second time in just over a week, the Lehigh County Humane Society has taken in a massive group of neglected and abused animals. First, dozens of beagles were rescued were rescued from an Upper Saucon Township home, and then Monday night, dozens of dogs, snakes, birds and other exotic animals were found trapped in another home.
Neighbors had not seen people come or go from the Macungie home in several days so they called police to do a welfare check on the resident huskies. When police entered the home, they found much more.
Now stacked cages line the walls of the Lehigh County Humane Society, holding the nearly 100 animals, including the huskies, snakes, birds, rabbits, rats, pigs and more.
Volunteers say that doesn’t compare to the environment in which they found the animals, crammed in a house in the 900 block of Hillcrest Drive South in Macungie.
Hal Warner, the humane society CEO, said he could smell it 100 yards away.
“When we opened the doors it was putrid,” he said.
The many starving and neglected animals were either locked in cages or roaming free with no way outside.
“A couple of the officers responding as well said they hadn’t seen anything like it in their 20 years of service,” Warner said.
Some of the animals inside were deceased.
“I heard a noise saying ‘help me help me,’ and it was dark, there was no electricity there,” said volunteer Stephanie Skyriotis. “I was like ‘hello are you okay?’ And the voice said ‘Hello are you okay’ and as we walked toward it, we realized it was one of the birds, so a little creepy…”
This case of alleged abuse comes just a week after the shelter took in more than 60 neglected beagles from a home in Upper Saucon Township.
The shelter can’t care for all of the new animals, specifically the more exotic ones. The humane society will work with nearby rescues and the zoo.
According to police, the woman who owns the home was renting it to her daughter. No charges have been filed, as of noon Tuesday.