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State police arrested a New Jersey woman after they reportedly uncovered 44 dead dogs in her home and 130 others living in "deplorable" conditions on her property.
Investigators were inspecting the Shamong Township home of Donna Roberts, 65, Tuesday when they said they made the gruesome discovery.
Detectives found "evidence of animal cruelty inflicted upon various breeds of dogs on the property," New Jersey State Police wrote in a Facebook post Wednesday. "The odor of animal feces and ammonia permeated the inside of the residence, which caused several of the responders to experience dizziness and nausea."
Police found dead dogs "packaged in plastic bags and stored in freezers throughout" Roberts' property, New Jersey State Police Col. Patrick Callahan said.
"Although the circumstances surrounding the demise of the 44 dogs that were discovered inside plastic bags in freezers remain under investigation, the deplorable and inhumane living conditions the rescued dogs were forced to endure is tragic," Callahan said. "Troopers take an oath to protect and safeguard life, including the lives and well-being of pets, which can be vulnerable to abuse."
originally posted by: Cravens
When I read/hear someone qualify their pet/dog ownership with “it’s a rescue”, I cringe.
Sounds like the woman is a hoarder and — in all likelihood — her mental faculties aren’t up-to-snuff...I’m sure it was cruel to some degree, but there are legit cases of animal cruelty resulting from malice and not some mental incapacity.
What were the authorities there for in the first place? Did it have anything to do with the 130 live dogs? I can’t imagine residential zoning would allow for that many animals...New Jersey doesn’t strike me as the same as Northern Alabama but maybe she could indeed have this many animals.
Why qualify your pet ownership with that information?