HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. (WPIX)—In a heartless case of animal abuse, Hempstead Town animal control officers discovered nearly two dozen animals - some of them dead - in a Rockville Centre home that was apparently notorious for animal neglect.
After responding to a "well being check" by an apparent employer who grew concerned over a worker who had been consistently absent, officers uncovered a house of horrors where they found a disoriented 62-year-old woman along with 22 animals. Of the pets, four dogs and one cat were dead, officials said.
The animals that were rescued from the home are described by officials as survivors of a "living hell."
Officers with the Hempstead Animal Control rescued a paralyzed golden retriever that they believe has never been outdoors. Another dog, a cocker spaniel, had only three legs, while another dog was pregnant.
"These five beautiful animals must not have died in vain," Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray said in a statement. "We are calling on all people who see something to say something and report suspected animal abuse or neglect so this type of tragedy never happens again."
Neighbors apparently complained about barking and moaning dogs and the strong smell of feces and urine for several years. However, no one ever thought to call authorities.
It wasn't immediately clear if the 62-year-old will be facing animal cruelty charges. She was transported to Mercy Medical Central where she is undergoing a mental evaluation, police said.