Severe Flea Infestation Leads to Animal Cruelty Charges Against Buffalo Man

August 2, 2017
By: Gina Browning, Chief Communications Officer

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Timothy Strobele of Sage Avenue in Buffalo has been charged with three counts of animal cruelty by SPCA Serving Erie County Animal Cruelty Investigator Bill Heine after three adult dogs and eight puppies were rescued and signed over to the organization.

The animals were rushed to the SPCA’s 300 Harlem Rd., West Seneca shelter infirmary where members of the Veterinary Department are removing the fleas, examining the dogs, administering fluids, giving baths, and more. One young puppy estimated to be five weeks old is in critical condition and oxygen is being administered.

Three adult dogs, two females and a male, are currently being treated at the SPCA along with two puppies estimated to be 10 weeks old and six others estimated to be five weeks old.

Deprivation of veterinary care led to the charges against Strobele. He is scheduled to appear in Buffalo City Court Thursday, September 14, 9:30 am.

None of the animals were available for adoption at the time of this writing. For updates and additional information, please keep watching

To donate toward the care of these animals, please visit Help for Puppies at

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Those who witness a situation that might constitute
cruelty and/or violence toward animals in Erie County,
including animals left outdoors with inappropriate
shelter in yards, are encouraged to report the
circumstances to the SPCA Serving Erie County:
716-875-7360 or