WARWARSING, N.Y. -- Nearly 100 birds are removed from an Ulster COunty home after the SPCA said they were living in filthy conditions. Humane law investigators seized 95 ducks, geese, and chickens from a house on Towne Road in Warwarsing.
They said overcrowding, dirty conditions, and poor diet created a number of ailments for the animals. The SPCA said the bird's owner, Kathy Murphy, had a strong attachment to the animals, but couldn't care for them properly.
"This is a prime example of the hoarding phenomenon. It's received a lot of attention in the press the last several years. Generally, we with the Ulster County SPCA, have dealt with cat hoarders, dog hoarders, but this is honestly the first duck or chicken hoarder I've come across," said Adam Saunders, Ulster County SPCA.
For the time being, the fowl will stay at a shelter associated with the Woodstock Farm Sanctuary.