A woman was found barricaded in her Rockville Centre home Thursday with five dead pets and 17 severely neglected ones.
The disorientated 62-year-old was hospitalized. The 17 dogs, which included 14 cocker spaniels, a papillion, a black Labrador mix and a golden retriever, were taken to the Hempstead Animal Shelter. The five dead animals included four dogs and a cat.
The many of the surviving dogs were treated for ear infections and eye irritations. During cleaning and grooming ten pounds of matted hair was removed from the dogs. They were also soaked in urine.
Authorities say it is unlikely that the woman will face charges due to the fact that she was ill. The dogs will be available for adoption at the Hempstead Animal Shelter in 10 days.