A New Bedford woman has been charged after police found 19 dead animals in her home, according to WBSM.
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Animal Control and police officers went to the home of Amanda Vincente after receiving reports about a stray dog. Police said while searching the property, they found 19 dead animals and 17 living animals in 27 cages.
Police charged Vincente with 17 counts of animal cruelty and one count of child abuse.
Vincente's 13-year-old son also was 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 were emaciated.
The surviving animals were taken to a local veterinarian and will be released to an animal shelter.