Woman Arrested After 44 Dead Dogs Found Stuffed In Plastic Bags, Stored In Freezers; More Dogs On Property

November 16, 2018

On Wednesday, November 14, a New Jersey woman was arrested after 44 dead dogs were found in plastic bags and stored in her freezers at her home in Shamong Township, according to "NBC News."


In addition, 65-year-old Donna Roberts had 130 dogs that were found inside and outside her home. They were living in what police described as "deplorable and inhumane conditions."


There was an odor of animal feces and ammonia coming from inside Roberts' home. According to reports, the state police said that smell was so bad it made "several of the responders to experience dizziness and nausea."


Four of the dogs were taken to an emergency veterinary clinic for their critical conditions, the New Jersey police said on their Facebook page.

The remaining living dogs were treated at the house by animal shelter workers. A short while later, the dogs were removed from the home.


On Tuesday, detectives were called to Roberts' home to help the Burlington County Health Department with an inspection when they discovered signs of animal cruelty.

Scott Coffina, a Burlington County prosecutor, said that the health department was at her home due to the newly adopted law about animal housing.


"We are appalled by the horrendous conditions these dogs were subjected to," he said in a statement.

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