A Niagara County Sheriffs deputy and New York state trooper investigating a report Saturday found several dozen Pomeranian dogs living with three people in filthy conditions inside a home at 6603 South Royal Parkway.
According to the sheriff’s report, the deputy was “unable to ignore the overwhelming odor of animal urine and feces” as they spoke with family members.
Ellouise Magrum, the homeowner, told patrol that there were “a few” dogs in the home. She added that she and a second female have their own bedroom and a male sleeps on the living room couch because a bedroom had been turned into a puppy nursery.
Town of Lockport Dog Warden Barry Kobrin was contacted, and Kobrin told officers that he had been trying to contact Magrum for the past month.
Officers looked inside the convertd bedroom and were overcome by a foul odor. Upon further investigation, 60 Pomeranians were counted, including 35 of various ages in small pens and carriers inside the “nursery.” The other 25 dogs were found in two downstairs rooms, contained in small pens.
Kobrin requested the SPCA to respond. However, SPCA officials, after they arrived, said they do not have the capabilities to transport and house 60 dogs.
Kobrin told patrol that he will care for the dogs until Monday morning when the SPCA will return and remove all 60 dogs.
A Town of Lockport Building Inspector arrived and condemned the house until it is professionally cleaned and inspected.
Magrum, 50, was charged with two zoning ordinances, unlicensed dogs, excessive noise and harboring illegal dogs. She was arraigned before Town Justice Raymond E. Schilling, who released her until a Feb. 5 return court date.
Due to the living conditions, patrol made a report with Child Protective Services as well.