By: Melissa Toupin
Nearly 40 animals found living in squalor at a West Greenwich home. Inside the home police found ducks, geese, and rabbits. Many locked in cages and sadly not all of them were alive.
Geese. Not typically the kind of pet you expect to find inside a home. The birds were among dozens of animals removed from 173 Mishnock Rd. in West Greenwich.
"There was never any issues with noise. We never heard geese. We can't imagine where they were if they were just walking about the house," said neighbor Andre Charpentier.
Police were called to the home Sunday afternoon after someone complained. Inside officers found 37 animals: 18 rabbits, two chinchillas, two doves, two geese, seven ducks, two pigeons, and four cats.
There was no food and no water. The conditions so bad the animals were immediately removed.
"They were putting them out and brining cages out, and cages out, and cages out," said neighbor Patricia Lonergan. "[They] just kept coming."
But not all the animals would make it. Officers came across a cage with two rabbits. One was dead. The other died as animal control tried to pick it up.
"It's very sad," said neighbor Lori Ann Haughton. "I'm just glad somebody found out before any more passed away."
Neighbors say they never heard, or saw, anything that would have pointed to animal abuse. In fact some say they didn't even know anyone was living there at all.
"Nobody was ever there. Maybe Saturday she would come, mess around the house, and leave. We never heard any animals. It was quiet," said Lonergan.
Police aren't saying who owns the animals, and as of now, no charges have been filed. Neighbors tell ABC6 a woman was renting the house but rarely stayed there.
As for the animals they will likely be put up for adoption.