Woman charged after animals, kids found living in squalor

Officials found miniature horses, potbelly pigs, ducks, rabbits, turkeys, hens, chickens, dogs, cats and exotic birds in the home.

MARION, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman has been arrested on animal cruelty charges and her house condemned after authorities say they found dozens of animals and some children living in squalid conditions.

Lauren Fisher, 65, of Marion, is scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Wareham District Court following her arrest Wednesday.

Marion police started investigating earlier this month after getting a report that multiple animals were being neglected and deceased animals had been recently removed from the property, according to a statement from Chief John Garcia.

Dozens of animals were inside the home and on the property, including miniature horses, potbelly pigs, ducks, rabbits, turkeys, hens, chickens, dogs, cats and exotic birds, police said in a release. The exact number of animals was not disclosed.

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Five people were also living in the home, including children, police said.

The animals were taken by the Animal Rescue League and the children were placed with relatives.

Fisher faced similar charges 20 years ago.

It’s was not clear if she had an attorney who could respond to the allegations.

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