CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - Authorities say about 130 sick and dying animals have been discovered around the "deplorable" home of a 47-year-old New Mexico woman found dead.
Curry County Undersheriff Wesley Waller told The Associated Press the woman was found last week in a filthy home also packed with cats and dogs.
Waller says also in the home where two children under 10-year-old.
Deputies say the cause of death is still under investigation and the animals don't appear to be a factor.
In addition, authorities found inside the home were goats, rabbits, prairie dogs, hamsters, ferrets, turtles, snakes and lizards.
Waller says all the cats were in such poor condition they had to be destroyed but that the other animals have been placed with rescue groups.