Authorities have discovered more than 300 dead birds and the decomposing bodies of animals in the New Jersey homes occupied by a woman who rescued animals.
Officials found the dead birds in cages stacked from floor to ceiling in the Little Silver home where 54-year-old Gretchen Rell lived with her 95-year-old mother, in a neighborhood of million-dollar houses. The birds were mostly seagulls, pigeons, robins, wrens and loons.
Another 60 animals were found in the Ocean Township home Rell shared with her husband.
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Investigators began looking at the homes Sunday night.
Rell was a volunteer with the Monmouth County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals who was supposed to pick up birds and take them to a rehabilitation center.
County SPCA chief law enforcement officer Victor "Buddy" Amato tells the Asbury Park Press he plans to file animal cruelty charges.