Donna Hulse, 68, of 17 Jade Street in Oakdale was arrested and charged with five counts of animal cruelty on Wednesday, according to Roy Gross, Chief of the SPCA.
“Neighbors had made numerous complaints to the SPCA and the police about what they said were dead dogs inside the residence and a strong smell of urine and feces coming from the house,” the SPCA announcement read.
Gross said that when SPCA officers initially went to the house, their view inside was blocked because the windows had been covered from the inside and Hulse refused to allow them inside to inspect. However, Gross said that changed on Wednesday when Hulse allowed the SPCA detectives and Suffolk Police to enter and inspect the residence.
According to Gross, the SPCA found four live dogs, one live cat, and four dead dogs. “The animals were living in deplorable conditions,” according to the SPCA announcement.
The Town of Islip Fire Marshal posted the residence as uninhabitable, the SPCA stated. Hulse signed over the live pets to the Town of Islip Animal Shelter where they will be examined and evaluated for adoption, the SPCA added.
Hulse was taken to the police precinct for processing and she will return to First District Court in Central Islip for arraignment on Oct. 6, according to the SPCA.