Animal horror house owners turn themselves in

The owners of an alleged animal house of horrors in Saddle River turned themselves in to police Wednesday night. Philip Tamis and Cynthia Stewart-Tamis were each charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty

News 12 Staff

Aug 16, 2007, 10:44 PM

Updated 6,087 days ago

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Animal horror house owners turn themselves in
The owners of an alleged animal house of horrors in Saddle River turned themselves in to police Wednesday night.
Philip Tamis and Cynthia Stewart-Tamis were each charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty for allegedly forcing their animals to live in filth inside their multi-million dollar mansion.
On Wednesday, animal control officers removed more than 100 dogs, cats and kittens from the home, which they said was filled with animal waste. That number doesn?t include the 24 animals found dead, according to animal control. The living animals are now in the care of veterinarians.
On Thursday, animal control officers said the situation at the home was worse than they thought.
?This home, we mentioned before it was 7,000-square feet, but we ultimately found out it was 12,000-square feet,? Frank Faracino, of the Bergen County SPCA, said. ?That makes it considerably larger, so we have more area to cover.?
SPCA officials said they are still removing animals from the home. Investigators said when the search is over and the home is cleaned up, the owners could face more than 100 counts of animal cruelty.
Related Information:Police: Animal house of horrors found in Saddle River


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