Criminal charges are pending against a Cumberland County woman after police said they found more than 50 animals living in filthy conditions at her home.
North Middleton Township police said numerous dogs, cats, an albino groundhog, a descented skunk and two monkeys were removed from the home of 59-year-old Sondra Lea McCoy.
"There was a very strong odor of feces and urine all throughout the house," Police Chief Douglas Reitz said. "There was animal cages stacked on top of cages in different parts of the house. Other animals were outside; fairly bad circumstances there."
Police said an officer had responded to an unrelated complaint Tuesday and noticed the conditions of McCoy's home were in a deplorable state, as well as the numerous animals in and around the home at 51 Hoy Road.
Police, codes enforcement, the Humane Society, and the Pennsylvania State Dog Warden returned to the home Friday and found animal feces and urine scattered throughout.
The animals, both domesticated and wild, were either caged or roaming freely about and around the residence and were in poor health, police said.
"She is upset that we were there. Her premise is that she is taking the animals in for protection and she is looking out for them," Reitz said. "You have people like this that do these things and they don't realize the problems that they are causing. Having all these animals in the house and the type of environment they're creating, at some point, it becomes a health hazard."
The animals were taken to the Humane Society of Harrisburg Area. Police said the monkeys will be transferred to a facility in Texas.