Authorities found 44 frozen dogs and 130 live dogs at a New Jersey home, which smelled of animal feces and urine.
Donna Roberts, 65, of Shamong Township, has been charged with animal cruelty, after detectives assisted the Burlington County Health Department with an inspection of the house. Upon arrival, they witnessed the “deplorable and inhumane conditions” that these dogs were kept in, inside and outside the home.
The smell inside the home was so strong that officials who entered became dizzy and nauseous. Some of the dogs there were living in conditions as bad as it smelled, if not worse.
Of the 130 live dogs, four of them were in such bad condition that they had to be immediately transported to an emergency vet clinic. Others were treated at the house by animal shelter workers who came to help.
The 44 deceased dogs were found packaged in plastic bags and stored in freezers. Roberts claims that these dogs were born stillborn and put in the freezer to preserve them so a vet could perform autopsies, but says she had forgotten all about them seven years later. The dogs discovered in the freezers are still under investigation.
Roberts has been charged and released with a pending court date. She says she did “nothing wrong” and “most certainly” will fight the charges she’s been given.