17 Dead Animals Taken from Home from the Columbus Dispatch
Stuffed inside the refridgerator were 15 dead cats and dogs. Another dead dog was found on the bed in the master bedroom.
Captital area Humane Society employees donned haz mat suits yesterday to wade through the feces filled rooms, to retrieve 17 dead cats and dogs.
And since Tuesday, 53 live animals, many of them malnurished and covered in animal waste, have been carried from the 914 ft home.
A couple of open bags of food were left on the floor, but the animals had little water except for what seeped in through leaks in the basement.
The feces in Willey's house was 4 ft deep in some places. It is the worst case of animal hoarding the Humane Society Executive Director has witnessed in Franklin County.
"These dogs were coming out of this house still wagging their tails, still wanting to give us love, and a human being was allowing them to slowly die." he said.
Willey,55, had been sleeping in her car. She is hospitalized and neighbors say she is being treated for mental illness.
Neighbors describe her as a quiet and poliet woman who they frequently saw carrying bags and boxes into her backyard.
Those who lived nearby said they didn't know were the smell in the neighborhood was coming from and could not leave their windows open in the summer without catching a pungent whiff.
The live animals that were taken from the house cannot be adopted now because they are to sick and they are evidence in the investigation.
Some will be euthanized: others will be nursed back to health and eventually put up for adoption.
It will cost the humane society $30,000.00 to care for the animals during the next six months, the likely time until the case goes to court.