WEST HILLS, N.Y. (WCBS 880/AP) — A triggered automatic fire alarm led to the discovery of dozens of sickly and dead animals at a spacious Long Island home.

LISTEN: WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall reports
Firefighters responded to the $2 million West Hills home after the alarm went off there at 11 a.m. Wednesday. The Suffolk SPCA says there was no fire, but they found a skeletal-looking pony, three goats and about 100 dogs.

SPCA Chief Roy Gross says the animals had no food or water.
A doctor and his wife were arrested Wednesday and charged with animal cruelty.
Gross says the couple’s two-story, three-garage home sits on seven acres with a barn, where the pony was found. Officials said the home was so filthy they had to wear air packs while inside.

Gross told WCBS 880’s Sophia Hall the house appears to be vacant and has now been condemned. He said he has seen many cases where people have lost their homes to foreclosure and left their pets to die.

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Comments (4)
  1. christine says:

    I am a neighbor and they are on 7 acres, set back on the former Plimpton estate before it was sold. The SPCA has sited these people before about the pony. It is really outrageous, at least they could have opened the doors and windows and let them escape.

  2. Brian says:

    I’ll never understand why people leave animals behind–do they think the tooth fairy will give them food and water.It’s a tough way to die–of huger and thirst.After you’ve done that how do you live with yourself?

  3. People are Stupid says:

    Huh. I guess their neighbors have no sense of smell. Hopefully the Doc & the missus will be put to sleep.

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