Woman Accused of Hiding 44 Dead Dogs in Freezer Must be Held Accountable

Target: Scott A. Coffina, Head Prosecutor for Burlington County, New Jersey

Goal: Prosecute woman accused of massive animal abuse.

44 dead dogs were allegedly found stored in freezers throughout the home of a Shamong Township, New Jersey woman. Police were called to the residence of Donna Roberts after months of neighbor complaints concerning an acrid smell emanating from the home. According to NBC, the township had to pass special ordinances in order to investigate. Once inside, officials reported finding over 100 animals living in their own waste, with no signs of care or clean up. Officers reportedly became dizzy and nauseous just from the toxic smell of the feces- and ammonia-ridden house.

In all, 161 dogs were reportedly discovered in Donna Roberts’ residence, including the 44 dogs that were found wrapped in plastic bags in various freezers. Four of the animals were alleged to be in critical condition and were immediately shipped to emergency clinics. The rest of the surviving dogs have been vaccinated and are now being taken care of by six different animal shelters. Roberts has been released from custody and is awaiting trial. There is no information yet on how or why 161 dogs were found in her residence. It is clear that whoever is responsible for keeping 161 dogs in a single-family home and forcing them to wallow in their own filth is guilty of a profound and disturbing act of animal cruelty and neglect.

Please sign this petition to demand that these crimes be fully investigated and that Donna Roberts, if found guilty, be punished to the fullest extent of the law.


Dear Mr. Coffina,

161 dogs were reportedly freed from the residence of Shamong County local Donna Roberts earlier this week. Local news claims that new county ordinances had to be passed just to be able to fully investigate a case of alleged animal neglect and cruelty this surprising. Police reported finding the dogs wallowing in their own feces and urine in an environment that reportedly made officers sick and dizzy from mere contact. Upon further investigation, 44 dogs were reportedly found dead and wrapped in plastic bags in various freezers throughout the house. Four other dogs were reportedly discovered in critical condition and immediately sent to emergency clinics.

Donna Roberts was arrested and after being released on bail is awaiting trial. No motive or explanation has been uncovered for how 161 dogs reportedly became trapped in her single-family home. What is clear is whoever is responsible for neglecting so many animals, likely to the point of death in dozens of cases, is guilty of heinous animal cruelty and neglect. It is your responsibility to ensure this case is prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. I demand that you fully investigate this case and request the harshest penalties for these heinous allegations.


[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Monmouth County SPCA

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  1. cindy pisarcik says:

    There is NO excuse for this animal cruelty on these innocent dogs!!!!!!!

    This Bitch should be burned at the stake! and law enforcement should have investigated before it got this bad. Innocent animals suffer at the hands of sick and evil humans!
    She should be given the harshest punishment available by law!
    Make her pay for this crime!

  2. Derinda Nilsson says:

    Why in hell was this witch released? What a sick demented witch. And when she was reported you lazy bastards took your sweet time to investigate. This is beyond sad. I hope the dogs that I hope survive have a speedy recovery and find a forever home. I hope nothing but hate for this witch, please lock her up forever, she’s only going to do this again. Clearly she’s a mentally disturbed.

  3. Linda Hilty-Tuttle says:

    Donna Roberts: Another sub human piece of waste who breathes our air and would rather survive at the expense of sweet innocent animals than live a life of morals, conscience & integrity! THESE ILLEGAL ANIMAL BREEDERS MUST BE PUNISHED!!! SIGNED & SHARED FOR ALL TO SEE!!!

  4. Please do something this is cruel and also she might need help to live like that

  5. Marisa Di Silvestro says:

    People who have multiple dogs neighbours must report them to ensure they are monitored regularly for proper treatment of their animals. You many breeders are too lazy to work and abuse animals

  6. This is just awful! Just when you think you’ve heard it all, another case of abuse is discovered! I pray they never allow her to ever have another animal, give her appropriate jail time along with a fine.

  7. No one knows why this woman done this or if it was done on purpose,people are only to willing to burn her at the stake without realising she could be mentally ill or her life got out of hand,But this shouldn’t of been allowed to be left so long.Look at the glass half full not half empty.

    • Agreed, can we have all the detailed facts before prosecuting her to the fullest. She could’ve been an overwhelmed rescuer for all we know yet or just the unknowns of her mental condition. I’m not saying she’s guilty or innocent, just know all the facts of this story before you sign. I’ve heard of several rescues that store the animal bodies of those who don’t make it in freezers until they can have enough to creamate a group to spread their ashes. While 44 is a bit excessive, there could’ve been a reason?

    • Annette Jackson says:

      No pity from me for this animal abuser. IMO she should have remained in custody.

  8. Disgusting woman!! If nothing is done to punish her, she will do it again and again and again.

  9. Elaina polidori says:

    Some how the mental health of people needs to be watched
    Animal abuse needs extream plenty

  10. Kick her off a cliff. The suffering this degenerate caused is inexcusable!

  11. Pamela Chattergoon says:

    I agree with Cindy Pasarcik. Needs burned at the stake. No EXCUSES.


  13. Diane Silvestri says:

    I saw this story all over the news and it’s atrocious! I don’t care how old she is – apparently she was running a private puppy mill and that’s disgusting! There are enough unscrupulous people out there profiting from the abuse of animals. She should be made to pay the price for what she did to these animals, never mind that she didn’t have the decency to bury the ones who died because of her! Send her to prison!

  14. Kathleen DelCorpo says:

    This pathetic excuse for a woman was RELEASED?!

  15. I see a few on here defending this person. I have no sympathy for animal hoarders, although I feel sorry for hoarders in general. Also it sounds like she was breeding them for money, so no excuses for this waste of air. She should’ve been investigated a long time ago, shameful.

  16. This breaks my heart. These poor animals. This woman must be punished.

  17. I don’t care if this scumbag animal abuser is insane or simply mentally ill – or had good intentions. She clearly knows right from wrong and chose to torture a nd murder these poor dogs. If her conduct is ok to her, let her receive the same treatment – for 50 years in a cage. No excuse for animal or child abuse.

  18. Yvette Lantz says:

    Shes a mental case. The law officials don’t care about animals at all. She needs to be thrown in a mental institution for a long time. Bet she would hate that.

  19. Debra Jordan says:

    People need to start being held accountable for their actions! This sick excuse of a human needs to be punished, there is NEVER any excuse for animal abuse!

  20. Heather Brophy says:


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