Arrest Made Following Discovery of Over 100 Cats at Perinton House Fire
Fairport, N.Y. – On March 30, 2021 Humane Law Enforcement investigators arrested George and Pamela Meyer in connection to a situation involving over 100 cats living in poor conditions, after a house fire at 14 Kreag Road in the town of Perinton.
On January 14th, 2021 at 2:52 a.m. Humane Law Enforcement investigators were contacted by first responders who had been called to the scene of a house fire and discovered a potential hoarding situation. At the time, George Meyer stated that approximately 30 cats total were living in the house. Through the course of the day, Lollypop Farm staff would remove a total of 97 cats and kittens from the house and property. Three more cats were humanely trapped in the days following.
“The conditions that these cats were living in were extremely unsanitary and inhumane,” describes Vice-President for Humane Law Enforcement Reno DiDomenico. Lollypop Farm staff observed areas of the house where feces had built to being inches thick. Through the course of safely removing the cats from the home, several deceased cats were also found, appearing to have decomposed and passed prior to the fire that occurred at the location.
“The situation these cats were discovered in was grave. Many of the cats required extensive veterinary services and other forms of care due to their living conditions,” explains DiDomenico. “However, we are grateful for the community’s support during this time and are pleased to report that 48 cats have found new homes so far.”
The Meyers have been charged with failure to provide sustenance (veterinary services) and ordered to appear at Perinton Town Court on April 13th, 2021. The misdemeanor offense could lead up to a $1,000 fine and/or up to one year in prison.
Lollypop Farm maintains an SPCA designation and its Humane Law Enforcement Department is charged with investigating and enforcing the animal cruelty laws of New York State. Serving Monroe, Orleans, Livingston, and Genesee counties, Lollypop Farm plays a critical role in addressing animal cruelty in the community. These humane law enforcement officers are certified state peace officers with the authority to make arrests and seize animals being abused or neglected. Lollypop Farm and its Humane Law Enforcement Department receive no tax dollars or government funding.
To report suspected animal cruelty, call the Lollypop Farm Animal Cruelty Hotline at (585) 223-6500 or 911 for immediate life-threatening situations.