After a well being check on this single family house by the police, animal rescue officials and police led a joint raid on a Lynnfield, Massachusetts animal hording house where nearly 200 cats, dogs, birds and reptiles were rescued. This wide range of animal species were living in unsanitary conditions, most kept in cages and crates that were stacked on top of each other.
The raid was led by the Animal Rescue League of Boston who hailed this one of the largest hording situations that they have responded to in recent years. The 199 different animals were surrendered voluntarily to animal rescue officials by the family. Police had visited the home for a well being check after the homeowner died under non-suspicious circumstances. When they found the unbelievable condition that these animals were kept in police officials called the Animal Rescue League of Boston. Now the ARL is working with the Massachusetts branch of the SPCA to remove the animals to various shelters throughout the area. Many of these pets require extensive medical care from living in filthy conditions.
MSPCA spokesperson Rob Halpin told local journalists, “For almost all of them, they are suffering from internal or external parasites or conjunctivitis,” Most of the rescued animals have developed upper respiratory infections, mites, as well as eye and dental issues. While many need extensive treatment, most of the birds and some of the dogs are available for adoption now.