LONG ISLAND – A mother and daughter have been arrested and charged with multiple felony animal-cruelty counts after police rescued more than a dozen tortured dogs and cats from their filthy home littered with trash and the remains of more than two dozen decomposing animals.
Faith Ross, 54, and her daughter, Francesca Maselli, 24, have each pleaded not guilty to three counts of animal cruelty. The charges were filed against the two after a neighbor complained about a smell coming from their home and police would arrive to find a house of horrors. Among the two feet of trash that hid the floors in every room of the home, 15 dehydrated animals were found covered in urine and feces along with the rotting corpses of dozens more.
Make me puke, New York Post:
There were six Chihuahuas, three dachshunds, an English bulldog, a Yorkshire terrier, a Shih Tzu, a boxer and two cats among the survivors. Another pooch, a collie mix, was taken directly to an animal hospital for emergency care. Officials also discovered the remains of 26 other animals, including eight cats, five ferrets, five parrots, and five dogs, police said.
The article also states some of the animals were found with their mouths wrapped in tape so they couldn’t breathe, bark or eat. Neighbors described the pair as “creepy” who only came out in the early mornings. The animals rescued from the home are not available for adoption because, get this, the pair have refused to give up ownership of the animals.
The is the second case like this to be uncovered in Rockville Centre within a week. On Wednesday, police found a 62-year-old woman was found living in her home with 22 animals, five of which were dead.