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20 dogs found buried in Long Island back yard

Long Island authorities are continuing their investigation of a woman in Selden whose back yard contained the buried remains of at least 20 dogs.

Sharon McDonough, 43, has been charged with animal cruelty, WCBS-TV reported.

“This is one of the worst cases of animal abuse I have seen in the last 25 years I have been doing this,” Chief Roy Gross, of the Suffolk County SPCA, said.

It all started Thursday, when a local rescue group contacted police about conditions at the house. When authorities arrived, they found five dogs crammed in small cages. By Saturday, police were digging up the backyard.

Investigators are looking into complaints about animals disappearing from the neighborhood, and allegations that McDonough tortured, killed, and buried them behind her house.

McDonough remained free Sunday night after pleading not guilty, but authorities say she could face more serious charges after investigators determine how the animals buried in the backyard died.

The live animals recovered from McDonough’s home, including several dogs and a cat, are doing fine. They are currently up for adoption at the Suffolk County SPCA.


Comment from pam
Time November 10, 2009 at 11:40 am

how could they possibly let that horrible woman out of jail. what will it take to stop this kind of horror.

Comment from Jenifer
Time November 10, 2009 at 2:25 pm

I understand she was turned in by her son. Can you imagine what mental and emotional torture HE went through to get to the point where he felt he had no choice but to turn in his mother.

Oh well – the women’s prisons are full of biologically mature units who have reproduced. I say “units” because clearly this woman is not human.

Comment from Candy Blakeslee, mom
Time November 10, 2009 at 4:01 pm

I cannot believe this story! Her son is so brave. I am wondering how she hid it so well that her neighbors did not suspect!

Comment from lisa
Time November 12, 2009 at 2:57 pm

she is crazy and belongs in jail if she can do this to animals what to say she could hurt people next

Comment from Shirley
Time January 13, 2010 at 12:01 am

People don’t know the half of it. You know how reporters are, they think they only report the facts but they also leave out so much more that isn’t reported. It is just lucky that no bodies were found. Imagine the poor kids, what they must have gone through with that sick woman. No child deserves that. I pray that God walks with them and keeps them protected. God bless the children.