Sixty-one cats and dogs that were living in filthy and unsanitary conditions were removed from a home in Auburn on Tuesday afternoon, police said.
Officials discovered that a 67-year-old Auburn woman was breeding and selling animals, including two litters of puppies and four litters of kittens, out of her 4 Buron Terrace home, said Detective Sergeant Scott Mills. Police received 11 complaints from neighbors and people who purchased animals that later turned out to be sick, he said.
“The conditions were filthy and unfit for humans or animals,” Mills said. “There were reports that the animals were suffering from diseases or parasitic infections that are obtained from being exposed to animal feces.”
All the dogs lived upstairs with the humans, and the cats were downstairs cooped up in makeshift wire pens, he said. There were several different breeds, including Ragdoll cats and Maltese dogs.
“It’s honestly an animal hoarding situation,” he said. “There was also a strong urine smell.”
The Animal Rescue League of Boston took the cats and dogs to its Dedham and Boston locations. They will all be evaluated for medical care.
“She can’t claim ignorance,” Mills said of the Auburn woman. “She was very aware of what she was hiding from the town and potential buyers.”
She will face charges of animal cruelty and operating a kennel without a license, Mills said.