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

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Animal Control officials attempt to enter a comdemned home in Shirley, N.Y. on Feb. 22, 2011. More than 100 dying and dead animals were recovered from the premesis. (Photo: CBS 2)

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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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