Anne Arundel police and animal control officers have removed 40 animals from a Pasadena property whose owner was not meeting their basic needs for food and shelter.
When officers served a warrant Thursday at the home in the 8000 block of Lockwood Road, they found animals that lacked food, water and appropriate shelter, police said. They removed two dogs, a cat, two turtles, seven birds, four chickens, a goat, a pig, a chinchilla, three snakes, 12 aquatic animals, three geese, a duck, a kinkajou or honey bear, and a tarantula. They also found a dead rabbit and numerous dead quail.
The police, the health department and several state agencies have been working with the homeowner since Aug. 31, when five animals that can carry and transmit rabies were confiscated from the home and sent for testing. Those results were all negative. The owner surrendered 10 other animals at that time and rescue groups were able to find them homes. The owner has since brought more animals into the home.
Animal control officers are assessing the animals seized last week and will work with volunteers to find the healthy ones suitable homes. The investigation is continuing and charges are pending.