Cops: Mom-Daughter Team Tortured Dozens of Pets

15 dogs and cats were rescued from a 'living hell'
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 17, 2011 1:00 AM CST
Faith Ross pleaded not guilty to three counts of felony animal abuse.   (Photo provided)
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(Newser) – Authorities call it a "living hell", a Long Island basement filled with 13 tortured dogs and two cats, and the remains of 26 dead animals. The surviving animals were dehydrated and filthy, covered with urine and feces, their mouths taped shut, living in two feet of trash amid the bodies of the dead animals. "The people who did this are sick and evil," said one investigator. Faith Ross, 54, a secretary, and daughter Francesca Maselli, 24, a nursing-home aide, pleased not guilty to three felony counts of animal abuse, reports the New York Post.

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