CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) — About 130 sick and dying animals have been discovered around the “deplorable” home of a 47-year-old New Mexico woman who was found dead, authorities in Curry County said Wednesday.
The woman was found last week in a filthy home also packed with cats, dogs and other animals, Undersheriff Wesley Waller said.
“The smell was just horrendous,” Waller said. “The conditions there were so bad that it’s impossible to imagine how someone could live there.”
Two children less than 10 years old were also in the home, Waller said. They were not injured and are now staying with family friends, he said.
Deputies say the cause of the woman’s death is still under investigation and the animals don’t appear to be a factor. The woman has not been identified.
Authorities found goats, rabbits, prairie dogs, hamsters, ferrets, turtles, snakes and lizards inside the home.
All the cats were in such poor condition they had to be euthanized, Waller said, but the other animals have been placed with rescue groups.