A Long Island home has been condemned and its owner should be charged after more than 300 animals and 100,000 (yes, we double-checked) cockroaches were found on his property, officials said Tuesday.
The farcical scenario began to unfold earlier this month when firefighters were called to the Miller Place home, according to the Suffolk District Attorney’s Office.
According to the lead investigator, the 51-year-old woman who owns the house is a social worker who received patients in the house. The patients sounded the fire alarm, so the firefighters showed up.
That’s when all the animals – 118 rabbits, 150 birds, seven turtles, three snakes and 15 cats, among others – as well as 100,000 cockroaches were discovered. The air was so noxious that no one could stay inside for long, authorities said.
The animals are expected to live, although it took a number of ASPCA groups from across the United States to respond.
The woman, who a person close to her described as ‘Snow White’ for her love of animals, is set to be charged with breaching the Agriculture and Markets Act. The city of Brookhaven condemned the home on October 7.
The ASPCA was on the scene Tuesday and reporters were kept at bay because, well, you can imagine.
Additional details are expected later Tuesday. The investigation is ongoing.