Woman Arrested, 29 Animals Seized from Feces-Ridden Home

Beatrice Nielsen, the owner of the building, is facing cruelty to animals charges

Police seized 29 animals from a feces-ridden home in Webster, Massachusetts, on Monday.

Beatrice Nielsen, 50, of Auburn, the owner of the building at 6 Cody St., was taken into custody at the scene and is charged with 29 counts of cruelty to animal by custodian.

Webster Police received a call around 5:30 p.m. Monday to assist the animal control officer, the building commissioner and the health agent in investigating a report that there might be dead animals inside the residence.

Upon arrival, police said they detected a strong odor of "possible decay" coming from the home. After contacting the building owner, police entered the building wearing hazardous material suits.

A total of 29 animals were found inside, including 21 dogs, several cats and several birds. "Deplorable" conditions were found, with animal feces and urine throughout the residence and the crates in which some of the animals were contained.

Nielsen was taken into custody at the scene and later released on personal recognizance bail. She is scheduled to appear in Dudley District Court on Tuesday.

The investigation is ongoing, and police said Neilsen could also be facing numerous code violations from the town.

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