Erie Humane Society Animal Cruelty Officers return to site of one of the largest local animal cruelty cases in recent memory

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A total of 22 animals were removed from a home at 408 Lighthouse on Thursday.

Diane Eggleston was charged in May for hoarding more than 40 animals in her home, on Thursday, more animals were found inside her home on the day of her arraignment.

This is the second time in three months animal cruelty officers have removed pets from this residence, so more charges could be added for Eggleston.

“The Constable showed up here to arraign her in front of the judge, and unfortunately, we came and found a number of animals inside the home,” said Nicole Leone, executive director of the Erie Humane Society.

Since May, the Humane Society has been checking in periodically to make sure no pets have been accumulated. Leonne said Eggleston collected more pets in the last two weeks.

“What we took out today were 20 animals,” Leone said, “and that is a combination of cats, guinea pigs, and rats.”

These cases of animal hoarding could mean jail time for this homeowner, many say Eggleston’s mental health should be considered.

“It’s a mental health condition for sure,” Leone said. “Do I believe she needs jail time? Yes. But do I believe we need to have authorities come in and help with some kind of crisis counseling and removing her from the home to place her for additional help.”

One humane officer said more charges could be added.

“We have to assess these animals that just came in,” said Lisa Stiles, the chief humane officer of the Erie Humane Society. “So, as we speak, they are getting ready to go to the veterinarians office. So, if we do find something medically wrong with them there could be more charges.”

This case will be tried in Judge Sue Mack’s courtroom at the end of the month.

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