Three children, living in squalor, found after barking dog complaint

A call from a concerned citizen concerning a barking, whining dog that was never seen, or let out of a mobile home, led to the discovery of three children living in squalor conditions.

State Trooper Rob Weston responded to the dog complaint and found the dog, a 15 year-old cocker spaniel, confined in a crate inside the home on 56 Rome Lane in the Orchard Park Mobile Home Park in the Town of Ontario. The dog was severely matted with feces, full of fleas and in overall poor condition.

More concerning to the trooper, three children, ages 3-12 and 15 were also residing in the home along with their parents, a rabbit and cat. The mobile home was littered with garbage and Child Protective Services was called in.

When Child Protective Services first arrived, the parents refused to allow them in. On a follow-up visit, after the parents had a chance to clean up the premises, the investigator allowed the children to stay in the mobile home.

After seeing pictures of the home and talking to Trooper Weston, Wayne County District Attorney Rick Healy, ordered the parents arrested for three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and one case of Animal Cruelty.

The Cocker Spaniel was seized and taken to the Lyons Veterinary Hospital where it was treated for severe flea infestation, skin infections, multiple skin tumors, serious dental issues, eye infections and leg problems and was underweight. The dog, named Max, had to have his fur coat totally shaved. It is currently being housed at the Humane Society of Wayne County.

On Wednesday (6/1) State Police arrested Jamy Austin, age 42, of 56 Rome Lane in Ontario for three counts of Endangering the Welfare of a Child and one count of Animal Cruelty. Nicole Austin, age 33, was charged with the same crimes on Thursday. Both will appear in Ontario Town Court on June 7th.

Trooper Weston said the conditions inside the home were so bad with bug infestation that he immediately returned to the barracks, showered and plastic bagged his uniform.

JUNE 4TH, 2016