Delaware County SPCA officers say the entire month of November the 81-year-old owner of a Prospect Park home dodged their repeated attempts to get inside.
On Tuesday they served him with a warrant and were amazed at what they found inside.
They say the home wasn't fit to live in and they found more than sixteen dogs neglected. Some of them newborns-- their eyes not even open.
"They were seized from a condemned home so they were living in pretty deplorable conditions," explained Justina Calgiano, the SPCA's director of community relations.
The lack of care was so bad you could see rashes on some dogs where they suffered hair loss from flea dermatitis.
Officials say the elongated mammary glands and overgrown nails are another sign of neglect.
"It's definitely sad you knew they weren't in the right condition they were out during the hurricane," explained neighbor Lisa Suarez.
Suarez called the SPCA after witnessing the alleged neglect.
She says she and her fellow neighbors also heard the dogs' incessant barking and fighting while they were forced to suffer through the elements for hours in this backyard.
"It wasn't so much we wanted them rescued for our convenience it was more because they were left alone outside. It was sad. "
One neighbor who didn't want to be identified said, "We've been dealing with the noise and smell of feces for at least a year now."
Officers say the entire month of November they've been trying to get into the home--but all they've gotten are excuses.
"He said I'm very embarrassed by the conditions right now so I wouldn't like you to come in."
The 81-year-man is now staying with his son--who shut the lights off when we showed up looking for answers.
This case is still under investigation. No word on if charges will be filed. At this time the owner has not signed over ownership of the dogs to the Delaware County SPCA, so the dogs aren't available for adoption.
We'll let you know when that happens.