Officers: Over 300 animals found packed in cages inside Miller Place house

Animal control officers showed up to the home on Radio Avenue and found 118 rabbits, 150 birds, 17 tortoises, three snakes and 15 cats.

News 12 Staff

Oct 18, 2022, 9:54 PM

Updated 582 days ago

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Hundreds of animals were found packed inside a Miller Place home on Tuesday, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Animal control officers showed up to the home on Radio Avenue and found 118 rabbits, 150 birds, 17 tortoises, three snakes and 15 cats.
Courtesy: ASPCA
The officers say the animals were mostly in stacked cages, with some birds flying around the house.
Officials for the ASPCA says there were thousands of cockroaches, fleas and mice. They also say the smell of urine was unbearable.
"Walking in there, you have to wear personal protective equipment because the air is noxious, a deep scent of ammonia, you probably couldn't stand it more than a few seconds," says Jed Painter, of the Suffolk Biological Environmental and Animal Safety Team.
The homeowner, 51-year-old Karin Keyes, has been charged with animal confinement.
Keyes' friend, Danielle Ward, says Keyes loves animals and that she rescued all of the animals when she found out a pet store was closing. Ward says all the money she made went to feeding and caring for them.
Courtesy: ASPCA
"She has the biggest heart, and she can't say no. So, when she found an animal was sick or needed a home, she went and took it under her wing - and I guess it got out of control," Ward says
Police say they found out about the situation after Keyes went away for a few days and a caregiver to the animals hit the fire alarm. When first responders showed up, they witnessed the unsanitary conditions and condemned the house.
"The home was overrun with animals, the conditions are very poor and we're just really happy that we can come in and help provide the support that the animals need and be able to get them the care and hopefully place them in new homes and live happy, healthy lives," says Elizabeth Brandler of the ASPCA.
Courtesy: ASPCA
Courtesy: ASPCA
Keyes faces up to four years in jail and fines.
The ASPCA says the animals will be taken to shelters and wildlife rescue to receive full medical exams.
Courtesy: ASPCA


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