Food and trash were strewn across the front porch of a home deemed unfit for human occupancy this week. The residents have 30 days to correct numerous code
Food and trash were strewn across the front porch of a home deemed unfit for human occupancy this week. The residents have 30 days to correct numerous code violations, according to a sign posted on the door. (DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS -- REBECCA LeFEVER)
A West York home was deemed unfit for human occupancy this week -- the second time the residents have had to leave the home in two years because of conditions, according to officials.

Seven small dogs and one small parrot were being cared for by the York County SPCA Tuesday after West York Police requested the animals be taken from the home in the 1100 block of West Poplar Street, said Melissa Smith, executive director of the local SPCA.

"The animals themselves are in relatively good condition, but it was because of the extreme conditions inside that we decided it wasn't safe for animals," Smith said.

The home had a lot of trash inside, Smith said, and there were rodents and parasites -- including cockroaches -- throughout the building.

About a year ago, Smith said, the home was deemed unfit and the SPCA took in numerous birds after they saw similar conditions.

"We didn't realize it at the time, but there were roaches in the bird cages and we brought them into our building," Smith said. "You can imagine the problems that caused."

Smith said the SPCA was waiting to hear from the owners of the dogs and parrot to have them signed over so the animals can be put up for adoption.

"I don't see these animals being returned to the owner," Smith said.

None of the birds taken in the previous incident were ever returned, she added.

West York Fire Capt. Chuck Zienkiewicz, whose signature was on the list of violations did not return calls for comment.

An elderly couple stood on the front porch of the home Tuesday afternoon, picking up food items and other things that had been left outside.

The man confirmed he and his wife lived in the home, but did not want to comment on the conditions.

Code violations

Several code violations were posted to the front door of the home in the 1100 block of West Poplar Street in West York.

They include:

--- One count of unsafe structure

--- Three counts of infestation

--- Six counts of rubbish/garbage

--- Two counts of interior/general damage

--- Two counts of exterior sanitation

According to the posted sign, violations must be corrected in 30 days or a fine of $1,000 and additional charges will be enforced.

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