Police: State welfare worker had dozens of dogs in home

CLIFTON - Twenty-six dogs were found living in horrible conditions in a home in Clifton on Brighton Road today, according to officials.

Police have arrested the home owner, Joanne Zak, on charges of animal cruelty. Zak works for the state welfare department.

Clifton city officials say they knew about the conditions for a few days and were first sent to the neighborhood on reports of a gas leak. Neighbors reported smelling gas, which turned out to actually be urine from dogs.

The dogs have all been removed from the home and are at animal shelters for treatment.

Animal control officers believe Zak used a ladder to climb into her own bedroom, the only room in the house that was livable

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