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Woman with 26 cats, a blind owl, six dogs and two squirrels in her home arrested in Connecticut
By BRIAN NIEMIETZ
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
DEC 17, 2020 AT 2:12 PM
This photo provided by the Hamden, Conn., Police Department, shows Donna Scirocco. (Hamden Police Department)
A Connecticut woman was arrested after authorities found 26 cats, six dogs, two caged squirrels and a blind owl in her Hamden home.
Donna Scirocco was also sharing her residence with the corpses of two cats and a woodchuck in her home, in the town north of New Haven. She turned herself in Tuesday in response to an arrest warrant charging her with a half-dozen counts of animal cruelty.
Animal control officials reportedly became aware of Scirocco’s living situation on Oct. 26 when they got a search warrant for the home following complaints of rats in the neighborhood and a stench emanating from the house. The 59-year-old woman also had two rats living in her home, investigators said. They allege the animals had all been neglected or mistreated.
The animals were all taken to a veterinarian and some had to be euthanized. Others were brought to area shelters. Scirocco was freed on $5,000 bond and will be in court Feb. 5. The property has been condemned.