ROCKVILLE CENTRE, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) — A mother and daughter on Long Island are headed to jail for neglecting dozens of animals.
Faith Ross and her daughter Francesca Maselli ran into trouble in January when police investigating a bad stench found 26 dead pets in their Rockville Centre home.
The corpses included dogs, cats, lizards and ferrets.
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Nassau County prosecutors said Ross, 54, pleaded guilty to animal cruelty charges and will serve six months behind bars. Her 23-year-old daughter will serve 60 days.
Back in mid-January when authorities made the discovery, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray described the scene as a “living hell.” Murray said some of the dog carcasses were fitted with muzzles that had been taped shut.
In a separate Long Island case, the Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to animals brought charges this week against a 23-year-old Shirley man after investigators found dead pets and more than 70 neglected animals living in his home, including a pig and a calf.
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