By: Leah Uko
SARPY COUNTY (KPTM) – A woman was cited for hoarding 37 animals in her Papillion home on Friday.
The Nebraska Humane Society went to 53-year-old Juanita L. Holmes' house on an animal seizure search warrant after it got a tip she was keeping too many animals inside her house.
When the team arrived to Holmes' house at 13517 Grissom Street it found 16 chickens, three quail, a pet mouse, two dogs, five cats and 10 fish inside.
Mark Langan with NHS said there were animals on the main floor, in the basement, upstairs and in the garage.
"Obviously the breathing conditions, the ammonia levels in the house are detrimental to both humans and animals," Langan said.
Neighbors, Ashley Phillips and Jordan Northcutt, said they were surprised about the raid.
"She's pretty clean cut when I see her," Phillips continued. "She doesn't strike me as somebody who would have 20 chickens living inside her house, but the outside kind of tells a different story."
They said heard rumors that Holmes was hoarding chickens in her home, but never saw any clear evidence.
"Just a lot of garbage and trash," Phillips said. "And the vehicles are just kind of falling apart."
All animals were alive and safe, but need to be tested for diseases. Currently they are all being held at the Nebraska Humane Society.
Holmes was cited for 25 counts of animal cruelty.
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