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8/13/07-Longview

Nearly 100 Dead Animals Found In Big Sandy Home

It was a scene right out of a horror movie. Nearly a hundred dead animals wrapped in plastic bags, some kept in coolers, inside an East Texas home.

Big Sandy police made the discovery at a home on the north side of highway 80 near highway 155.  The bodies of nearly a hundred cats and dogs, some of them several years old, were found by police during a search of the home on Thursday.

"That's just wrong.  You're not supposed to do animals like that," said neighbor Etta Hodge.

Dead mice and fecal matter covered the home in each room.  Coolers housed the bodies of dogs and cats and, in the freezer, dead puppies kept in a "Zip-Loc"bag. All of the animals apparently died from starvation or disease.

"Not in a hundred years did I think I'd ever see it.  It was very shocking to me.  I was just appalled at what I saw," said Big Sandy Mayor Wayne Weese.

Lisa Lide and Vicky Greenlee lived in the trailer and were taken into custody today.   

  "We didn't do anything. We didn't do anything to these animals.  We kept them fed, watered and loved," said Lide as she was taken to the Upshur County Jail.

Neighbors said the women lived there for about two years, but it was in the last year that neighbors began smelling the decay.  

"Oh, I couldn't believe it.  I thought somebody died, and the smell emanating from there was horrible," said neighbor Jerry Solomon.  

Neighbors say the women hoarded pets, and that their own pets began to disappear in the neighborhood.

"My cousin bought us a dog, and the next thing we know it was gone," Hodge said.

Now state authorities have been called in to either remove the home or burn it for the safety of the neighbors. The women will be arraigned on formal charges of animal cruelty in Upshur County Court tomorrow, with other charges pending.

Animal Control did find nine dogs at the home that were starving, but still alive.  

Bob Hallmark bhallmark@kltv.com .

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