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More than 100 animals seized

Alden, N.Y. (AP) -- Authorities in Erie County said they seized more than 100 animals from the dilapidated home of an ailing elderly woman.

The Erie County Sheriff's Office said about 110 animals including many birds, tortoises, dogs, cats and a lizard were taken from the home in Alden, just outside Buffalo. The Buffalo News reported the animals were taken from the home of a 70-year-old woman late Friday and early Saturday.

The sheriff's office said emergency personnel were called to the home to render aid. The woman was taken for treatment after having difficulty breathing.

Animal welfare officials said they're considering filing animal cruelty charges against the owner.

Most of the seized animals were birds, including finches, parakeets and parrots.

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