Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Chinchillas, Deer Among 60-Plus Hoarded Animals

According to Quality of Life Task Force investigators: one cow, one pig, eight goats, five dogs, six cats, two ducks (one was found dead), several chinchillas, one sun conure (a type of bird), two cockatiels, seven fancy rats, two love birds, three hens, one pheasant, one diamond dove, several cats, and approximately 75 pigeons were removed from the house, with five of the pigeons found dead.

Veterinarians were at the scene to help the animals who could still be saved.

“This animal hoarding is one of the most egregious Quality of Life Task Force cases we have seen," according to Supervisor Mark Lesko.

Many animals inside the house were already dead, and firefighters were forced to don HazMat suits with breathing devices to be able to investigate the basement of the house, where many of the animal corpses were left to rot. Feces covered the inside of the residence, and the front and back yards were littered with abandoned tractor equipment.

The home is owned by an 85-year-old woman, but a 23-year-old male care taker was taken into custody. He has reportedly said that the animals are his...." More & video

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