2 arrested for leaving animals to die in Barnegat home
Police have arrested two people after finding at least 50 dead animals in their house near the New Jersey shore.
Matthew and Amanda Teymant turned themselves in to police Monday after hearing of the third-degree animal abuse charges against them.
Lt. Pat Shaffery, with the Barnegat police, said animal control officers found the decaying remains of dogs, cats, rodents and turtles in the home.
Some of the remains had decomposed so much that authorities said it was difficult to count how many animals were in the home.
John Bergman, manager of the Popcorn Park Zoo animal rescue operation, said he and three animal control officers reported to the house hoping to save any living animals, but there were none.
"It's something I don't want to remember," said Bergman. "It was pretty nasty, with a lot of animals and feces in every room."
The animal control officers cleaned up the animal remains until 10 p.m. Monday night. They intend to cremate the animals.
Shaffery said neighbors estimated the house had been abandoned for one to four months.
A locksmith with a financial institution discovered the remains Monday morning while changing the locks on the home.
The husband and wife were listed as the most recent owners of the house.
They each posted $25,000 bail Tuesday morning. It was unclear if they had a lawyer.
Humane Society representatives throughout the country have reported an increasing number of animals left in empty homes as mortgage foreclosures have swept the country. The so-called 'foreclosure pets' are often abandoned when owners leave a house they can no longer afford.
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