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Woman, 59, is arrested after dozens of animals were found in her ‘uninhabitable’ home

Woman, 59, is arrested after three dead animals – including a woodchuck – were found in her ‘uninhabitable’ home along with more than two dozen cats, some dogs, rats, squirrels and an owl

  • Donna Scirocco, 59, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with six counts of cruelty to animals, the Hamden Police Department said 
  • In October, Connecticut animal control executed a warrant on Scirocco’s ‘uninhabitable’ home
  • They were greeted by two large rats and more than two dozen cats, some dogs, squirrels, and an owl 
  •  One of the dogs was ‘lifeless’ and authorities also found two dead cats and a deceased woodchuck
  • Animals taken from the scene were transported to Mount Carmel Veterinary Hospital, North Haven Animal Hospital and Ridgehill Animal Hospital
  • Scirocco is being held on $5,000 bond 

A Connecticut has been charged with numerous animal cruelty offenses in connection to an October search of her ‘uninhabitable’ home where police found dozens of animals, including three dead animals and a ‘lifeless’ dog. 

Donna Scirocco, 59, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with six counts of cruelty to animals, the Hamden Police Department said. 

She is currently being held in lieu of a court-ordered bond of $5000, the CT Post reports. 

According to Capt. Ronald Smith, the Hamden woman’s arrest was in connection to the October search conducted at her home on Blue Hills Avenue. 

Donna Scirocco, 59, was arrested on Tuesday and charged with six counts of cruelty to animals, the Hamden Police Department said

Members of the Hamden Animal Control Division and animal control units from the State of Connecticut, Cheshire, East Haven, North Haven and Southbury executed the warrant on the home following an extensive investigation from Hamden Animal Control.  

‘Upon entering the residence, animal control officers were greeted by 2 large rats,’ an October press release reads.

‘After conducting a thorough and comprehensive search, officers seized 26 cats, 6 dogs, 2 caged squirrels and an owl. One of the dogs was lifeless. In addition, officers seized 3 deceased animals, including 2 cats and a woodchuck.’

In October, Connecticut animal control executed a warrant on Scirocco's 'uninhabitable' home

In October, Connecticut animal control executed a warrant on Scirocco’s ‘uninhabitable’ home

Animals taken from the scene were transported to Mount Carmel Veterinary Hospital, North Haven Animal Hospital and Ridgehill Animal Hospital.

The animals received treatment at the facilities along with vaccinations. 

Necropsies were conducted on all of the deceased animals, police shared. 

The home was deemed ‘uninhabitable’ by Quinnipiac Valley Health District officials. 

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