40 Animals Seized from Pasadena Home
Animal Control officers also found one deceased rabbit and numerous dead quail inside the home in the 8000 block of Lockwood Road.
Animal Control officers, along with Anne Arundel County police, seized 40 live and several dead animals from a Pasadena home on Sept. 27, according to a release.
At about 2 p.m., Animal Control officers and police served a search and seizure warrant at a home in the 8000 block of Lockwood Road in Pasadena, according to a release. Officers were completing a follow-up investigation into the amount of animals inside the residence and were investigating their safety and welfare.
During the search, officials said Animal Control removed 40 live animals from the property, including two dogs, one cat, two turtles, seven birds, four chickens, one goat, one pig, one chinchilla, three snakes, 12 aquatic animals, three geese, one duck, one kinkajou and one tarantula.
Additionally, Animal Control removed one dead domestic rabbit and several dead quail, officials said.
According to police, the majority of the animals removed from the home had no food or water, or had water that was not potable. The animals were being housed in “unacceptable conditions that did not meet their basic needs of care for their species," police said.
Anne Arundel County Animal Control and other government agencies, including the Maryland Natural Resources Police, Department of Natural Resources, the Health Department, and the Department of Agriculture and Building Inspections, have been attempting to work with the occupant of the home since Aug. 31, officials said.
On Aug. 31, five wild rabies vector species—animals that can carry and transmit rabies—were confiscated from inside the residence and sent for testing, according to police. Shortly after the first visit from government agencies, 10 animals were voluntarily surrendered to Animal Control.
Animal Control was able to successfully find rescue groups or adoptive homes for these animals; however, the owner subsequently obtained more animals, police said. The investigation is ongoing and charges are pending.
According to the release, Animal Control is assessing the seized animals and will be actively working with rescue groups for the placement of the animals that the owner surrendered on Sept. 27.