More than 600 pounds of animal waste in cages were removed from a home in Denton, Texas along with 122 dead animals and 124 living pets. The Humane Society of North Texas acted on an anonymous tip in conjunction with the Denton Police Department in securing the warrant.
On arrival to the property, the seized living animals included 86 guinea pigs, seven chinchillas, seven rabbits, four parakeets, two hamsters, two chickens, two degus (a small rodent), one cockatiel, and one cat.
According to Denton Police Department spokesperson Amy Cunningham, many of the animals were in emaciated condition. Per the official report, 55-year-old Laurie Jordan answered the door when officials arrived.
“She was adamant that she took very good care of her animals and that they were the reason she woke up in the morning,” Cunningham stated.
Another person at the property, 67-year-old Terry Self, told officers he didn’t understand why anyone would think Amy was “cruel to animals.”
The Humane Society of North Texas reported there was deep fecal material in all the cages, cockroaches, and they lived in filth. Many had no water or little to no food. The 122 dead animals were also removed from the property.
“This was the worst cockroach infestation we have ever seen on site. The cruelty these pets endured was unfathomable and inexcusable,” the Humane Society of North Texas shared on their Facebook page.