Police have charged a woman with numerous animal cruelty offenses after they found three dead animals in her 'inhabitable' home. The officers also seized more than two dozen cats and dogs, squirrels and a blind owl from her residence.
Hamden police said Donna Scirocco, from Connecticut, turned herself in because of an arrest warrant charging her with six counts of animal cruelty.
She posted a $5,000 bond, and she's to appear in court in February.
According to police Capt. Ronald Smith, neighbors, had filed a complaint about a stench and rats running around the neighborhood.
Afterward, Hamden Animal Control Division and animal control units from the State of Connecticut, Cheshire, East Haven, North Haven and Southbury executed a search warrant at Scirocco's home.
Police said animal control officers found 26 cats, six dogs, two caged squirrels and a blind owl. There were also two large rats in the home.
Officers also found two dead cats and a dead woodchuck.
In a press release, Capt. Smith said:
"Upon entering the residence, animal control officers were greeted by two large rats."
"After conducting a thorough and comprehensive search, officers seized 26 cats, 6 dogs, 2 caged squirrels and an owl."
"One of the dogs was lifeless. In addition, officers seized 3 deceased animals, including 2 cats and a woodchuck."
The press release also said the officers found taxidermic animals as well inside the home.
Condemning the property, officials allege that the woman neglected and cruelly treated the animals.
After the raid, officers took the surviving animals to Mount Carmel Veterinary Hospital, North Haven Animal Hospital and Ridgehill Animal Hospital.
A few of them were in dire condition, and veterinarians had to euthanize them. The remainder has found new homes at different animal shelters in the region.
It wasn't immediately clear whether Scirocco has a lawyer who could respond to the allegations.