During an inspection two weeks ago, officials found more than 100 neglected animals inside of a Springfield home. Now, more troubling details are being made public.
250 more animals were found dead and stored in freezers.
"There was an awful smell all the time. But, we never complained about it or anything because they were nice neighbors. So, we just kept to ourselves," said Kaitlyn Nieves.
She could never imagine what was really happening behind closed doors.
"Wild animals, raccoons, skunks. We found a fox along with dogs and cats and some birds that were in there," said David Cotter, Deputy Director of Code Enforcement. "It was the same kind of mixture of wild animals and domestic animals inside the freezers."
The live animals are being cared for by the animal control center. Other neighbors are in disbelief of the new findings.
"Absolutely disgusted. I have dogs and I am absolutely horrified," said Judy Tratenberg.
Judy has lived across the street for 25 years. She's never heard anything out of the ordinary.
"Never. Never anything to this degree," she says.
The City of Springfield isn't filing charges against the owner who is listed as Kathleen McHendry. But, MSPCA officials say they will. The details are still being worked on with law enforcement.
"It's very rare. It's never on a scale like this. This is one of the worst ones in the 20 years that I've been here," said Cotter. "It's definitely a public health issue and if we didn't get to this then who knows where it could have gone."
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