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L.I. Woman Housed Doggy Graveyard, Police Say



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    A Long Island mother is facing charges of animal cruelty and abusing her kids. Officials say the found the remains of several animals in the backyard of the Selden home.

    A woman who had about 20 dead dogs buried in her backyard on Long Island faces a misdemeanor animal cruelty charge, police said today.
    Suffolk CountySPCA official Roy Gross said five dogs were found in small cages without food or water at the Selden, N.Y. home of Sharon McDonough. A cat also was rescued.

         The rescued dogs are a shepherd mix, a beagle mix, an Italian greyhound, a cocker spaniel mix and a pug.
    The greyhound has been adopted; homes were being sought for the other animals.
    The defendant is a widowed mother of seven. She has pleaded not guilty and is due back in court Tuesday in Central Islip.

    Investigators say Douglas McDonough, Sharon's eldest son, tipped off an animal rescue group to conditions at the home. The group then contacted police.

    "It was a concentration camp for the animals," Douglas McDonough, said. "My sisters and me, we got the end of it, too."

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    A mother of seven is facing charges in Seldon, Long Island. The carcasses of 20 dogs were found buried in her backyard. Sharon McDonough is also accused of abusing her kids. Members of an animal rescue group say they were called by the woman's 21-year-old son who gave details of the alleged abuse and later led investigators to the cacasses of the dead animals in the backyard.
    (Published Monday, Nov. 9, 2009)