- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

WEBSTER, Mass. (AP) - A Webster woman is facing animal cruelty charges after about 30 dogs, cats and birds were found living in squalor in a home and a dead dog was found outside.

Sgt. Joseph Brooks tells The Telegram & Gazette (https://bit.ly/1WBNPH5 ) that some animals were emaciated, malnourished and living in dirty kennels that were too small.

Brooks say police received a call from the Board of Health regarding health and sanitation issues at the home.

Health officials told police that when they arrived there was a foul odor coming from the residence.

Fifty-year-old Beatrice Nielsen, who is charged with 29 counts of animal cruelty, denied the allegations outside court. She described herself as a “canine specialist” with 30 years of experience, and said the charges are the result of a personal grudge.

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Information from: Telegram & Gazette (Worcester, Mass.), https://www.telegram.com

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