BRADLEY BEACH, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Authorities responding to a fire-alarm call at a central New Jersey home said they found numerous dead cats in varying stages of decomposition inside the residence.

Bradley Beach Police Chief Leonard Guida told the Asbury Park Press that officers and firefighters made the discovery around 2 a.m. on Sunday when they responded to the three-story home in the Monmouth County community.

Guida believes that the odor of decaying cats may have set off the fire alarm.

Authorities said that the home’s 65-year-old owner will likely face animal cruelty charges. They believe she may have become overwhelmed by the animals and her other responsibilities, including caring for an elderly relative.

Guida said that the woman — who could not be reached for comment on Sunday — will also likely face code enforcement citations.

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