Dogs, Cats Rescued from Squalid L.I. Home Up for Adoption

Tuesday, Apr 9, 2013  |  Updated 9:04 AM EDT
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200 Pets, Including Dogs, Cats, Birds and Reptiles Found in Squalid Home

Brookhaven Animal Shelter

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More Animals Removed from Squalid L.I. Home

Rescuers spent a second day in a row removing animals from a squalid home in Medford. Pei-Sze Cheng has more on where the animals are being cared for.

200 Pets, Including Dogs, Cats, Birds and Reptiles Found in Squalid Home

Hundreds of animals including cats, dogs, birds and turtles were found living in deplorable conditions in a home on Long Island. Officials and neighbors say the owner of the home tried to help the animals, but soon became overwhelmed. Pei-Sze Cheng has more.
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Some of the dogs and cats rescued from squalid conditions inside a Long Island home last week are now being put up for adoption, officials say. 

The Brookhaven Town Animal Shelter and Adoption Center took in 22 dogs and more than 60 cats last Tuesday. Ten of those dogs and all of the cats at the shelter are available to adopt. 

Seven rescued rabbits will also be shown to the public beginning this weekend. 

Two of the cats that were seized have been reunited with their rightful owners, who had reported their pets missing. 

As many as 200 animals, including dogs, cats, ferrets, chinchillas, turtles, lizards, exotic birds and rats, were found living in the Medford home. The owner, according to Brookhaven town officials, is a woman in her 70s who started rescuing animals and couldn't keep up.

Officials found two cats eating a dead cat, and feces littering the home. Some of the animals weren't being fed regularly but otherwise seemed OK, officials said.

"They're happy, they're not nasty," Maureen Schneider, director of the Brookhaven Animal Shelter, said last week. "Some of them are a little malnourished."

For more information, visit brookhaven.org/animalshelter. 

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