A baby bull is removed from the home in Shirley...

A baby bull is removed from the home in Shirley where SPCA officials say they found more than 100 animals after a nearby resident called authorities. (Feb. 22, 2011) Credit: James Carbone

Alan Warner, the Shirley man accused of hoarding more than 100 animals in squalid conditions in a now-condemned Malba Drive home, was a "well-intentioned individual who got in over his head," his attorney said after a court appearance Monday.

Judge Paul Hensley Monday ordered Warner to undergo a psychiatric evaluation and return to District Court in Central Islip on June 6.

Warner, 23, on Feb. 26 pleaded not guilty to 61 counts of torturing animals. Brookhaven Town and Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals investigators found the menagerie -- including a bull calf and several goats -- on Feb. 22.

Warner's attorney, John Scarpa of Bayside, agreed to the evaluation but said Warner is a "normal young man" who took in "more animals than he was physically, emotionally and economically able to at one time." He said Warner wanted to help -- not harm -- the animals.

Scarpa added: "Word got out in the community that he had a soft heart and he wouldn't refuse an animal."

Warner did not speak during the proceedings, which his parents and fiancee also attended. Afterward, he thanked his lawyer privately and declined to speak with a reporter.

The roughly 1,400-square-foot home where Warner kept the animals was owned by Concetta Gigliani, 87, Brookhaven officials have said. Warner's family has long known Gigliani and he moved into the house in the past two years, officials have said.

Investigators found the calf, dogs, cats, a chinchilla, rats and dozens of birds during the investigation. Some were in poor condition and others had died.

All of the animals, some of which developed signs of respiratory distress, have been checked by veterinarians, SPCA officials said. The bull calf was moved to an East End farm. Other animals are to be offered for adoption. The status of the adoption effort was not available from SPCA.

Suffolk SPCA Chief Roy Gross declined to comment, saying that Warner's case is "a criminal matter" and "in the hands of the district attorney."

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