AUBURN, MASS. (WHDH) - Authorities say dozens of cats and dogs were seized Tuesday from a home in Auburn after they were found living in filthy and unsanitary conditions.
Police officials, along with ARL Boston rescue agents, executed a search warrant at 4 Buron Terrace and deemed the home “unfit for human habitation.”
“It was extremely dirty. There was a very strong odor of pneumonia, which is admitted from cat feces and urine,” Det. Lt. Scott Mills said. “It was a filthy, unsanitary environment.”
A total of 61 cats and dogs were seized from the home, including two litters of puppies and four litters of kittens, according to police. The animals were taken to undergo a health evaluation.
“A lot of them had overgrown nails, matting, urine-stained fur,” Lt. Alan Borgal said. “There were six kittens in very poor condition.”
Authorities say a 67-year-old woman who owns the home was breeding and selling the animals. She has also been the subject of 11 prior complaints filed with the Board of Health since 1993.
“Most of the complaints were from people who had purchased animals from this woman, where the animals almost immediately became sick,” Mills said.
The woman, whose name has not been released, will face charges of animal cruelty and operating a kennel without a license. Her 70-year-old husband could also be charged.
“That’s so sad. I never saw them take them outside for a walk,” a neighbor said of the dogs.
All of the rescued animals have since been placed in shelters in Boston in Auburn.
Police released photos of some of the animals found inside the home:
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