Woman Denies Charges After 80 Animal Carcasses Found

A Vermont woman has denied animal cruelty charges after police say they found at least 80 animal carcasses in her mobile home last month.

Ashleigh Tillson of South Hero was released on conditions Thursday after pleading not guilty to 88 counts of animal cruelty. 

Her landlord had reported seeing the windows of the trailer covered with flies and said she had not lived there for some time. 

The Grand Isle Sheriff's office said eight pets were found alive _ two rabbits, four lizards, a hedgehog and a chinchilla. Police found dozens of carcasses of various types of animals, including rabbits, ferrets and reptiles. Deputies say they also found carcasses in a freezer. 

Tillson's public defender did not immediately respond to a phone call message and email seeking comment. 

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