ROCHELLE, Ill. (AP) — More than 230 dogs, cats and birds, some in cars and many dehydrated and malnourished, were seized by authorities at a rural house, police said. Their owner was charged with animal cruelty.
Several carcasses were also found on the property Saturday, animal welfare officials said.
"From the animals we've seen, they appear to have been given minimal amount of care," said Regina Harris of the Tails Human Society. "Many appear to have been forgotten."
Barbara C. Munroe, 65, of Rochelle, was in the Lee County jail Sunday after being charged Friday with several misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty and failure of owner's duty. She was being held in lieu of $35,000 bond.