Police find hundreds of animals inside St. Clair Township home

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An observant neighbor led to the discovery of hundreds of animals inside of a home in St. Clair Township, one of which was dead.

Police say the house on McCoy Avenue is vacant, but it certainly wasn’t empty. 

Alice Molish said she was about to wash her dishes Sunday morning when she spotted an unusual tenant in the house. 

“I looked across the way and saw a goat standing in the window, and it was pawing at the window,” she said. 

Molish told her family who called her crazy.

The next day, however, her granddaughter looked into the house’s windows.

“She saw a goat and two lambs in the one room, and then in the back room, she saw a lot of birds,” Mollish said. 

That’s when they called police. They discovered a houseful of farm animals. 

Our print partner, The Morning Journal, reports that a couple hundred chickens, dozens of ducklings, multiple cats, a dog and other livestock were inside. 

The warden’s office said conditions were deplorable, but they left without any animals. 

According to the Morning Journal, the Health Department told officers it has no jurisdiction inside of a person’s home.

There were still animals that could be seen inside of the home on Tuesday. Molish said she hopes they won’t be there much longer.

“People think they’re doing these animals a favor, but when you have that many, it’s just overpowering,” she said. 

Molish did say the hundreds of chickens were re-homed. 

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