OAKDALE, N.Y. (WCBS 880) — A Long Island resident was charged with animal cruelty after four dogs were found dead inside an Oakdale home on Wednesday.
According to investigators, a strong smell of urine and feces was permeating from the home on Jade Street and neighbors had called the Suffolk County SPCA several times to report animal cruelty.
Police were called over the stench and when officers gained entry to the home, they found the four dogs deceased. SPCA Chief Roy Gross said they animals had starved to death.
“An autopsy may be performed on some of the animals to find the cause of death, but it appears they died of starvation,” he explained.
The SPCA says a total of nine animals lived in the home and four dogs and one cat were found alive, though one of the dogs was severely matted.
“At least the suffering ends for the ones that are alive,” Gross said of the animals rescued.
Donna Hulse, the 67-year-old owner of the animals, now faces five counts of animal cruelty.
According to police, she had been renting the house on Jade Street and Chief Gross says conditions in the home were depolarable and filthy.
“The house, like I said, was covered in feces,” Gross said. “You can imagine how bad it was in that house. They sent a Fire Marshal to post it as uninhabitable.”
According to the SPCA, Hulse signed over the live pets to the Town of Islip Animal Shelter where they will be examined and evaluated for adoption.
Gross says anyone who suspects that animal cruelty is taking place in their neighborhood should call the SPCA immediately.