Police find 26 dead animals in Rockville Centre home

Hempstead town officials held a press conference today to discuss the second "animal house of horrors" discovered in Rockville Centre this week.When authorities went into

ROCKVILLE CENTRE - Hempstead town officials held a press conference today to discuss the second "animal house of horrors" discovered in Rockville Centre this week.

When authorities went into the home on Montauk Avenue after receiving complaints, they say they found the carcasses of 26 dogs, cats, ferrets and parrots. Town workers wearing hazmat suits also discovered and rescued 13 dogs and two cats covered in feces and urine. The landlord, Ben Corso, says he had no idea what was going on.

Corso says for the past 17 years, he has rented out the home to 54-year-old Faith Ross and her daughter, 23-year-old Francesca Maselli. He says while he had a no-pet policy, he ignored the signs that something was wrong, including the mess outside the home and their car filled with garbage.

Ross and Maselli were arrested and charged with numerous counts of animal cruelty. The malnourished and dehydrated animals were brought to the Hempstead Animal Shelter, where they were cleaned up and are being nursed back to health.

Town officials said they're going to petition the court to take ownership of the animals so that they could put them up for adoption following a minimum 10-day waiting period.

As News 12 Long Island reported, on Wednesday police discovered 17 neglected dogs, a dead cat and four dead dogs inside the Rockville Centre home of a 62-year-old woman. Town officials say the two cases aren't related, and this latest case was more severe.

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