Dozens of Dead Pets Found in Maryland Home

Four survivors found in poor conditions

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2012  |  Updated 6:53 AM EDT
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Neighbors in a Columbia, Md. community say they were

Neighbors in a Columbia, Md. community say they were "shocked" and "sickened" after learning more than 40 dead animals were found in a townhouse just steps from their door. As Shomari Stone reports, police are now on the hunt for the animal's owners.

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Howard County police said dozens of dead pets have been found in a home in Columbia.

Officers were called to the townhouse on Lambeth Court about 2:30 p.m. Monday by a property manager, who reported odors. Officers found 40 dead animals and four live animals in poor condition.

Howard County Animal Control officers said there were 19 dead animals, including birds, cats, rabbits and a snake, in a freezer. Authorities said 21 dead animals, including birds, rabbits, a guinea pig and a hermit crab, were found loose and in cages.

The live animals, two cats, a bearded dragon lizard and a gerbil, were impounded by Animal Control.

Officials said power and heat to the home had been turned off.

Police are looking for the occupant of the home.

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