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Sources: More animal carcasses found at Selden home

SPCA officials and Suffolk County police use a

SPCA officials and Suffolk County police use a backhoe and shovels at a home on Awixa Place in Selden where they reportedly removed more than a dozen buried animals from the backyard. (Dec. 7, 2009) Credit: James Carbone

Investigators dug up at least 18 more animal carcasses Tuesday at the home of a Selden woman who pleaded not guilty to animal cruelty charges in November, sources at the scene said.

>>>PHOTOS: Selden woman accused of animal cruelty

The Awixa Place home of Sharon McDonough, who is accused of abusing and neglecting pets, was the site of a Suffolk County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals investigation again Tuesday.

Investigators found the carcasses of nearly two dozen dogs buried on the property in November.

While sources said the investigation had unearthed 18 more bodies by 2 p.m., SPCA chief Roy Gross would only confirm that SPCA workers were at the scene and that McDonough remains under investigation.

"We are here, and the investigation is continuing," Gross said.

Suffolk police were also outside the house, which appeared empty. The digging appeared to be taking place in the backyard.

Some neighbors stood across the street watching as investigators combed the property.

The word "Killer," which had been spray-painted last month on the side of the garage next to the two-story house, had been painted over.

The animal cruelty charges against McDonough stem from an SPCA investigation in which five dogs and a cat were removed from the home in November after they were found in squalid conditions.

SPCA officials have said forensics tests are expected to yield information on the dead animals that were unearthed in November on McDonough's property. Some neighbors have alleged that some of the dead animals could be pets stolen from people living in the neighborhood.

Gross said the dead animals removed in November "did not appear" to have been stolen, and were apparently "acquired" by McDonough. He declined to talk about yesterday's activities.

McDonough's son, Doug, 21,, has said that McDonough forced her children to torture the pets.

McDonough is due to appear in First District Court on Monday.

>>>PHOTOS: Selden woman accused of animal cruelty

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