• Mass. woman charged with animal cruelty after 19 dead animals found in home

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    NEW BEDFORD, Mass. - A woman from New Bedford has been charged after police found 19 dead animals in her home, according to WBSM

    Animal Control and Police responded to a home after reports that a stray dog belonged to the home. Police said while searching the property, they found 19 dead animals and 17 living animals in 27 cages.

    Police charged Amanda Vincente with 17 counts of animal cruelty, and one count of child abuse.

    Vincente's 13-year-old was also living in the home - police said he had dead lizards in cages in his room. He has been put in the custody of relatives.

    The dead animals found in the home included hamsters, lizards, finches and cockatiels.

    Some of the living animals - including a bull mastiff - were lacking food and water and found emaciated.

    The surviving aniamls were taken to a local veterinarian and will be released to an animal shelter. 

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