BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The Erie County SPCA and Buffalo police headed out to a home on Congress St. Thursday after a concerned resident contacted them.
Gina Browning, the Director of Public Relations for the Erie County SPCA, said, “We received a call from a concerned community member who was passing by on Congress St. — thought that a puppy that was crying was crying a little too loudly for a little too long for a period of time.”
The SPCA says one of their officers responded to the tip, and located the puppy and another dog.
The officer was not let inside of the home and was suspicious of the situation. After looking into the tip and other information, a warrant was obtained.
Officials found a puppy and two dogs in the home, which had a basement loaded with dog fighting paraphernalia, according to the SPCA.
Items found included treadmills, weights and vitamins.
The animals were taken away and will be examined at the SPCA shelter in Tonawanda.
Charges against the animals’ alleged owner are pending. No arrests have been made yet.
Browning said, “Next thing is to make sure the dogs are OK, get them settled, process all of the evidence, continue that investigation, maybe talk to the neighbors, maybe see what else is going on in the neighborhood, once we have what we consider a substantial amount of evidence compiled we put it in front of the d-a and decide what’s going on.”