Oswego Police removed nine dogs and five cats from a home on 16 Governor Street on October 23rd. Oswego city animal control officer Caroline Anderson says the home was in a deplorable condition with animal feces and debris throughout the house.
Anderson says the cats were in the worst condition. Some of them were so malnourished that they weren't able to eat food. She says there were also dead animals in the house.
Some of the animals are in such poor health or lack socialization , that they may not be able to be adopted for several months if ever.
Candy Fox and Edward Demellow were charged with 14 counts of animal abuse. Fox was also charged with one count of endangering the welfare of a child. Demellow was charged with three counts of endangering the welfare of a child because police believed the conditions of the house posed a health risk to the children living there.
The house on Governor Street has since been condemned. In an interview with CNY Central, Candy Fox said that she had been trying to take care of multiple animals for friends and the situation overwhelmed her. Fox admitted that the animals were in poor health and that she needed help with them, but she didn't know where to go.
"I thought I was doing the right thing but I find out its not the right thing and I just didn't know who to turn to, I didn't know what to do," said Fox.
All of the animals were released to the Oswego City Animal Shelter. Fox has since moved and says her children are allowed to stay with her. She no longer has any animals and says she's working with Child Protective Services in Oswego to keep her home clean and safe for her family.
"We do have CPS working with us and they said as long as I comply with everything they say, everything will be all right," said Fox. "I know it was bad because of the dogs but now that we don't have any animals. I do care for my kids, they are not neglected, they are not abused. I love my children. I'm doing everything I can so I can keep them."
Anderson says its common for animal hoarders to get in over their head and that the conditions she witnessed in the Governor Street home were some of the worst she'd ever seen.