Authorities are continuing their investigation into a case in Clarence involving allegations of dozens of emaciated animals and unsanitary living conditions for children.
“We’re finding out more and more information as the day is continuing,” said Jerry Schuler, Clarence animal control officer. A veterinarian was still performing blood work Friday on horses at the Goodrich Road property, Schuler said. He said some animals from the property had been placed with other households for care, and it was hoped more could be placed in the coming days.
Matthew and Amie Burkley pleaded not guilty on Thursday to four counts of endangering the welfare of a child, according to town justice court. They were scheduled to appear Feb. 21 for further proceedings on those charges.
Schuler said he plans to meet with the District Attorney’s office next week to discuss animal cruelty charges that the Burkleys are also facing.
The Burkleys’ children have been temporarily placed with relatives. The home at 7360 Goodrich Road remains uninhabitable, Schuler said.
Authorities executed a search warrant against the Burkleys on Wednesday, after receiving a tip that horses had died on the property two or three weeks ago. The Sheriff’s Department said officers found a small pig, six dogs, and numerous cats, prairie dogs and guinea pigs inside the house, and that fecal matter from the animals was found in the living room, bedrooms and elsewhere.
In the barn and elsewhere on the property, officers took possession of more than two dozen livestock, including horses, cows, goats, pigs, llamas, an alpaca, tortoise and countless chickens and geese.