Animal Control officials in Anne Arundel County said they removed 40 live animals and a few that were dead from a Pasadena home that police have been investigating since August.
Animal Control officers and county police served a warrant at the home in the 8000 block of Lockwood Road on Thursday and said they removed two dogs, one cat, two turtles, seven birds, four chickens, one goat, one pig, one chinchilla, three snakes, 12 aquatic animals, three geese, one duck, one kinkajou (a rainforest mammal) and one tarantula.
Shane Taylor, who lives at the home, said he is not animal hoarder.
"Was I neglecting them? Absolutely not. Was it too much for me? Yes, but I was not neglecting them. Too much for me as in I was going nonstop taking care of these animals and my neighbors would tell you in a heartbeat they see me all day long taking care of the animals," Taylor said.
Molly West lives down the street from Taylor.
"Animals, they were never a problem," West said. "He took care of them. He took very good care of them. They always were fed. They have that large property to roam on. It's not like they're on an eighth of an acre. They've got a decent size property over there."
Officials said a majority of the animals had no food or water, and the animals were being housed in unacceptable conditions. A dead rabbit and several dead quail were also removed from the home.
"Most of the animals we took from the residence did not have access to fresh food or water. Those that did have food had very little. Those that did have water, it was not palatable water that they could drink from," an Animal Control official said.
Police said they've been investigating the number of animals inside the house since Aug. 31, when someone brought the case forward over concerns for the animals' safety and welfare..." More
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