Animal house busted in Rockland County

July 30, 2008 3:12:24 PM PDT
A West Haverstraw man was busted for allegedly hording more than 300 animals, many of them in state of neglect. Police say 59-year-old Robert Everle was charged with two counts of failure to provide proper sustenance. Further charges could be pending.

Everle, 59, is owner of the one-acre property at 48 North Wayne Avenue in West Haverstraw that was raided Tuesday.

Authorities say they found multiple varities of sick animals, included rabbits, roosters, chickens, goats, dogs and cats.

Rockland County prosecutor Anthony Dellicarri said Wednesday the property was "kind of like a petting zoo gone out of control. I described it as the zoo from hell. ... To be blunt about it, when the wind shifted, it was one of the worst things that I had ever smelled."

Police said officers and animal protection agents, carrying a search warrant, found sheep, chickens, rabbits, dogs, cats, ducks, guinea hens and other birds. Dellicarri said there were also gamecocks that may have been raised for fights.

Hudson Valley SPCA Officer Mark Kissel said some animals were living in mud. Rabbit droppings were mixed with rabbit food, he said, and some bunnies were kept in "transport cages" in which they could not raise their heads.

There were more than 100 birds in a basement, he said.

The other animals were permitted to stay on the property, where Everle was ordered by the judge to take care of them.

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WEB PRODUCED BY: Bill King

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