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Woman found living in van with 21 dogs and a bird

May 28, 2019

WETHERSFIELD, Conn. (AP) — A Massachusetts woman has been charged with animal cruelty after police in Connecticut say they found her living in a van with 21 dogs and bird.

Wethersfield police say 58-year-old Suzanne Muzaffer Eser, of Peabody, Massachusetts, was arrested Monday after a traffic stop.

Police say the van was strewn with garbage and animal waste.

Police say Eser told them she and the animals had been living in the Ford Transit van for several months.

The dogs and the macaw were taken to local animal shelters. Police say several of the dogs appeared to have serious health issues.

Eser’s case was not listed in online court records and it was unclear if she has a lawyer.

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This story has been corrected to show that the suspect was a woman from Massachusetts, not a Connecticut man, and that there were 21 dogs, not 22, per updated information from police.

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