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.

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  1. AJLynch says:

    Correction to name (mistyped ref new keyboard): AJLynch

  2. AJ Lyndh says:

    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!

  3. michael says:

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

  4. SANDRA says:

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

  5. amy says:

    Not really surprised,though it makes me sad

  6. Michaela says:

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

    1. Susan says:

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

  7. Euthanize the homeowner says:

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

  8. Phyllis Steward says:

    Why did it take so long to discover this?

  9. PIKE BISHOP JR. says:

    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

    1. Wha...? says:


      Izzat some kinda haiku?

  10. A Roberts says:

    the green wellies are a great photo shop job why?

  11. Diane Vitanza says:

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

  12. angel says:

    lmao the police commissioner didnt live there

  13. Fred says:

    OK–this is just sick.

  14. Walter Golumbowski says:

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

    1. angel says:


      1. angel says:

        No police commissioner lived there

  15. Tricia Mccomb says:

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

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