NJ woman kept 44 dead dogs, 100 more living in home, cops say
SHAMONG — A woman with close to 200 living and dead dogs in her home is facing animal cruelty charges after police who responded to the scene reported feeling physically ill.
Donna Roberts, 65, was arrested after police found 44 dead wrapped in plastic bags in freezers, and 130 living dogs found in conditions the State Police described as "deplorable and inhumane."
Col. Patrick Callahan called the condition of the home and the dogs "tragic."
"The odor of animal feces and ammonia permeated the inside of the residence, which caused several of the responders to experience dizziness and nausea," according to the State Police.
From the living dogs, four were determined to be in critical condition and taken to an emergency veterinary clinic, according to the State Police. The remaining dogs are being taken to animal shelters around the state.
St. Hubert's Animal Welfare Center confirmed it is expecting to receive around 50 of the dogs.
The police had been sent to the home to assist county Health Department officials with an animal-related inspection.
"We are appalled by the horrendous conditions these dogs were subjected to, and as a result I authorized charges against the property owner, Donna Roberts," Coffina said.
Roberts has been charged with animal cruelty and released pending a future court date.