The Associated Press

199 Neglected Animals Found In Lynnfield Home

LYNNFIELD, Mass. — Animal welfare officials say they have rescued 199 dogs, cats, birds and other animals from a Lynnfield home where they were living in squalor.

Officials called it one of the worst cases of animal hoarding they had seen.

The animals were discovered late last month when police went to the home for a medical emergency and found a 69-year-old woman dead. Her death was not considered suspicious. The discovery was announced Monday.

Authorities say the animals, many of the sick and malnourished, were in cages and crates stacked to the ceiling. Animal waste covered the floors and the smell was overpowering.

Some animals had to be euthanized, and the rest have been sent to area shelters for rehabilitation and adoption.

The husband of the woman who died could face charges.

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  • Robin Streb

    “they had scene”? You mean “they had seen”? C’mon WBUR! It’s on your FRONT page!!!

    • WBUR

      Thanks for catching the story typo, Robin. We’ve fixed it and regret the error.

  • 1fedup1

    MSPCA in Methuen, MA and I believe North East Animal shelter.

  • One Thirsty Bear

    Most of the benefits of modern civilization result from our own ability to make use of more knowledge than we could ever know personally.

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