A town of Lapeer man’s been hit with 89 of counts of animal neglect, after investigators with the Cortland County SPCA and Sheriff’s Department found nearly 100 animals improperly kept in his home.
Taken into custody for those crimes was Irving Hand Junior, after authorities executed a search warrant at his home on Clarks Corners Road in November.
During their search, they found and removed 77 animals confined in “unsanitary and unhealthful” conditions.
The types of animals were wide in variety and included miniature horses, sugar gliders, birds and dogs, according to SPCA Investigator Kelly Brown.
An additional 12 animals were removed later, which is how an original count of 77 charges was brought up to 89.
More charges are pending, as Hand is due to answer back in court on February 12.
Also assisting in the investigation were officials with Country Acres Pet Services.
The SPCA is also asking for needed monetary donations as they are having to pay for all of the continued care for the animals removed from the residence and property.
Expenses are up in all areas of the SPCA shelter due to the amount of animals needing care. So far, the SPCA is having to provide for all of this themselves.
For more information on the Cortland SPCA and how you can donate, contact Kelly Brown at (607)749-0029