Animals from W. Haverstraw home get second chance
Veterinarians are nursing back to health more than a dozen animals seized from what they call "deplorable" conditions at a West Haverstraw home.
"They've been bathed, they've been cleaned, they've been medicated," says Dr. Beverly Cappel.
The animals' owner, 59-year-old Robert Everle, has been charged with two counts of failing to provide proper sustainment. He has been released and is under watch by authorities.
Rockland Assistant District Attorney Anthony Dellicarri called Everle's home "the zoo from hell" in a Wednesday press conference. According to officials, nearly 300 animals were found on Everle's 1-acre property in appalling conditions.
If Everle doesn't upgrade the care of his animals, he could face more charges including criminal contempt.
Out of the 18 animals rescued, one duck has died. While veterinarians have found homes for some animals, others may have a harder time finding new lives.
"Rabbits, puppies, kittens ? they're cute, they could find homes, but how many people want pigeons, chickens, ducks and geese?" says Dr. Cappel.
The animals cannot be adopted until after the case is settled.
Police seize 18 sick animals from Haverstraw home