Police Find 44 Dogs Frozen In Plastic Bags, 130 Live Ones In 'Deplorable' Conditions
A woman has been arrested after police reportedly discovered the bodies of 44 dogs frozen at her New Jersey home.
Donna Roberts was charged with animal cruelty after an inspection of her Shamong Townshiop home, where police allege they also found 130 other dogs living in "deplorable and inhumane conditions."
Detectives found "evidence of animal cruelty inflicted upon various breeds of dogs on the property," New Jersey State Police said in a Facebook post.
Several responders to the scene also experienced "dizziness and nausea" as a result of the intense odor of animal feces and ammonia which permeated the residence.
"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," said Colonel Patrick Callahan of the New Jersey State Police.
Roberts told the New York Post that the 44 dogs found frozen in freezers around the property were stillborn and she forget about them after putting them in plastic bags seven years ago.
The 65-year-old, who will "most certainly" be fighting the charges, said she wanted a veterinarian to perform autopsies on the dogs.
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While the living dogs discovered at the house were evaluated and treated by animal shelter workers, four were found in "critical condition" and transported to an emergency veterinary clinic.
Burlington County Prosecutor Scott Coffina said he was "appalled" by the deplorable conditions the dogs were subjected to.
Roberts was released from jail and is awaiting a court date.