Dec 19, 2014 8:16 PM

'Odor of feces' leads Derry police to find animal hoarding

DERRY - Animal Control officers joined police in responding to an anonymous tip Thursday that cited an "odor of feces" coming from a home at 4 Scenic Drive in Derry.

"The person who complained said they felt it smelled like urine or feces or both," said Derry Police Capt. Vern Thomas.

When authorities entered the home, they found a number of cats, dogs and a pot-bellied pig living in allegedly poor conditions.

Some of the cats also reportedly suffered from urine burns and some skin conditions.

"When they went into investigate, sure enough there was sort of a classic hoarding case," said NH SPCA Executive Director Lisa Dennison.

More than a dozen animals were voluntarily handed over, and are currently being cared for by the SPCA.

"They had actually left their droppings on the floor inside the house and there were a substantial number of animals that were being held by that owner. They were well maintained in terms of being fed and water and so forth - but they had clearly made a mess there," Thomas said.

Capt. Thomas also stressed that the homeowner was not abusive, but rather appeared to be overwhelmed.

NH1 News is not identifying the woman because she is currently not facing charges.

Police said the woman voluntarily surrendered 14 animals.

All of the animals reportedly need medical attention.

Three children who lived at the home are currently staying with other family members so that the homeowner can clean things up.

Three different neighbors did not want to speak to NH1 News on-camera, but said they had not noticed the odor and did not know the homeowner accused of hoarding. One neighbor said he did notice there was lots of barking, often in the middle of the night, coming from the home.

Police said the homeowner will have to work with the SPCA to determine where the animals will go after her home is cleaned to appropriate living conditions.


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