More than 115 animals seized from East Amherst home


EAST AMHERST, N.Y. (WIVB) — More than 115 animals were recently taken away from an East Amherst home, according to the Erie County SPCA.

The animals, which the organization says were living in deplorable and unsafe conditions, included snakes, birds, fish, spiders, frogs, lizards and small mammals. Hundreds of insects were removed too.


All of the animals are being taken care of at the SPCA’s Tonawanda shelter. One, an iguana, had to be euthanized after showing signs of a broken back.

So far, thousands of dollars have been spent on care for the animals. Many will be available for adoption at the shelter, the Eastern Hills Mall adoption site and the Honey Hill Pet Center at the mall. More information on adoption can be found here.

The homeowner, Mary Hughes, was charged with two misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty. She will appear in Town of Amherst Court on October 13.

Anyone who wishes to donate to the SPCA can call 629-3523. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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