A woman and her father were charged with animal cruelty on August 2 after authorities found nine dead animals inside her home.
The OakRidger reported that police began investigating last week in Oak Ridge, Tennessee after a request from animal control.
Authorities discovered that 56-year-old Annette Wright moved out of the home to live with her father three years ago after she had a medical issue.
The animals were left inside her home, which is located on the same street as her 70-year-old father's residence.
Animal control officers first entered the home with cloth face protectors, but after going inside, they requested the fire department be contacted for the use of protective gear.
Officials told the newspaper that the home contained mold and hazardous waste along with the animals' corpses.
Wright reportedly told police she left seven dogs and two birds. Animal control, however, found four dogs, three possums, two birds and numerous rats that had been deceased for approximately three or four years.
Through the investigation, authorities also learned that a friend of Wright's went to the home several months after the animals were abandoned, found one dog alive and removed it from the scene.
Officials stated they do not know why the friend did not report the situation to police or animal control, or why the Wrights did not call.
The OakRidger said that in her statement to officers, Wright said, "I couldn't bear going into the house because of my other babies dying in the horrible way they did."
Police also found recent evidence of bug spray bombs and D-Con boxes inside the house, and learned Wright had recently contacted a service in regards to a cost estimate for cleaning her residence.
Both Wright and her father were charged with nine counts of animal cruelty.
However, they were released on misdemeanor citations.
Thursday, August 28 2014 3:28 PM EDT2014-08-28 19:28:07 GMT
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