Animal welfare officials say they rescued 199 animals from a home in Lynnfield, in one of the largest hoarding situations they have seen in recent years.
The animals included dogs, cats, birds, and reptiles, the Animal Rescue League said in a statement. The animals, which were living in unsanitary conditions, were voluntarily surrendered to the League and MSPCA Angell, the League said.
Police said they responded to the single family home on Feb. 26 after they received an emergency call for medical assistance. When they arrived, they found one of the home’s two residents had died suddenly, said Lynnfield Police Chief David Breen.
He said the death was not suspicious, Breen said.
Officers at the scene saw the animals and launched an investigation, said Breen.
“Amazingly, they were able to fit all of the animals inside,” said Breen.
The second homeowner has not been charged in the case. The investigation is ongoing. The home’s address will not be released at this time, said Breen.
Many of the animals had serious health issues resulting from neglect, said League officials.
“When people suffer from the complex psychological conditions that lead to animal hoarding, they become overwhelmed with caring for all the animals they accumulate,” said Martha Smith-Blackmore, vice president of Animal Welfare at the League.