Rabbits, Mice & Cow Among 100 Animals Found In ‘Deplorable’ Shirley Home

SHIRLEY, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — A number of dead animals were found at a Long Island home Tuesday — and they weren’t just dogs and cats.

Officials from the Suffolk County chapter of The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals said rabbits, mice, pigeons, chinchillas, a deer, a pig and a cow were among the 100 animals found on the property.

WCBS 880’s Mike Xirinachs with reaction from neighbors

1010 WINS’ Al Jones hears from Roy Gross of the Suffolk County SPCA

“The house is in deplorable condition,” Suffolk SPCA Chief Roy Gross told 1010 WINS. “There are a number of dead and alive animals in and out of the house.”

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The “overwhelming” smell prompted the need for firefighters with breathing apparatuses to investigate the basement, where more animals may be located.

Veterinarians were also called in to check on the living animals.

According to Gross, a man – who has not been identified – was living at the home and admitted the animals were his. That man was not immediately charged with a crime.

“The most important thing right now is to save the animals that are savable,” Gross said.

The house was recently condemned by the Town of Brookhaven. It wasn’t immediately clear if there had been any prior complaints about animal cruelty at the home.

Shocked by this? Tell us your thoughts in the comments section below.

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  • AJLynch

    Correction to name (mistyped ref new keyboard): AJLynch

  • AJ Lyndh

    Another online story I read said there was an elderly woman living in the home at the time. There was mention of owner/s, but no info on him/her/them. My wife and I have a dog and a cat. They are FAMILY. There’s animal abuse…and then there’s ANIMAL ABUSE. I don’t know about the old woman, who apparently is in dire need of help herself, but the owners???? This calls for serious fines and/or jail time!

  • michael

    Maybe you people should actually talk to the people living there and get an actual story instead of the lies the news produces


    the homeowners should be killed!! god what makes people get this crazy!!!!

  • amy

    Not really surprised,though it makes me sad

  • Michaela

    Of COURSE it’s in Mastic/Shirley. Someone has to do something about the TRASH that has ruined that neighborhood.

    • Susan

      Yeah, and I’m sure there’s no trash in your neighborhood, Michaela. There are hoarders everywhere.

  • Euthanize the homeowner

    I guess none of his neighbors have a sense of smell.

  • Phyllis Steward

    Why did it take so long to discover this?


    zoo city..a city with a mayor who is filled with himself..cell phoned texting idiots and partridges in a pair of dieing trees..morons leading the blinded

    • Wha...?


      Izzat some kinda haiku?

  • http://www.myegypt.co.uk/ A Roberts

    the green wellies are a great photo shop job why?

  • Diane Vitanza

    wow yeah that is way too many in a space to properly care for .them

  • angel

    lmao the police commissioner didnt live there

  • Fred

    OK–this is just sick.

  • Walter Golumbowski

    What a bunch of nutjobs I cant believe the police commissioner lived in that house,

    • angel


      • angel

        No police commissioner lived there

  • Tricia Mccomb

    OMG…! SICK…! I am speechless !!! =(

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