A Bay Shore woman has been charged with neglecting animals in her home, the Suffolk County SPCA said Friday.

Robin L. Mills, 66, was ordered to appear in First District Court in Central Islip on July 13 to face the misdemeanor charges, the SPCA said.

The SPCA said in a news release that Mills was charged Thursday after the agency went to her home on Richland Avenue and found “that the animals were being severely neglected and living in unsanitary, deplorable conditions.”

Chief Roy Gross of the SPCA said Friday that 21 dogs and a parrot were found April 30 after a search warrant was executed at Mills’ home. Mills was not home at the time, he said.

The dogs, one of them a puppy, were found “matted, covered in feces, soaked in urine,” Gross said. “They had to be cleaned and needed medical care.” Some of the animals appeared to be underweight, he added.

The animals were taken to Islip Animal Shelter, the SPCA said.

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Mills could not be reached for comment.

Gross said he was unaware of any previous charges against Mills.

With Newsday Staff