Police Find 19 Dead Animals in Woman's House

They also found 17 live animals
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Nov 5, 2017 3:32 PM CST
Police Find 19 Dead Animals in Woman's House
   (AP Photo/The Daily Times, Mark A Large)

A Massachusetts woman faces charges after police say they found 19 dead animals at her home, the AP reports. New Bedford police say officers found dead lizards in cages in the bedroom of Amanda Vicente's 13-year-old son last week. Finches, cockatiels, and hamsters were also found at the home. Police say 17 living animals were at the residence, including a bull mastiff. They say many of the animals were "emaciated" and lacked food and water.

Police say the home was in "disarray," with piles of feces in the kitchen and piles of clothes, trash, and empty cages in the dining room. Vicente was arrested Thursday on child abuse and animal cruelty charges. She was released on personal recognizance and is due back in court Dec. 20. It's unclear if she has an attorney.

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