Suburban New York woman accused of running 'concentration camp'...

Full story: TwinCities.com

A mother of seven is accused of running a house of horrors for pets at her suburban Long Island home, forcing her children to help torture them and burying at least 20 dogs in her backyard - animals neighbors now fear were beloved pets that mysteriously disappeared over the years.
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Kev

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Nov 12, 2009
 

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Whatever she did to the animals should be done back to her...
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Nov 12, 2009
 
Kev wrote:
Whatever she did to the animals should be done back to her...
Yeah, duct tape her mouth, then throw her in a cage with a bunch of angry pittbulls for about two minutes. Then take her out and put her in prison.
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I owned and operated a large east coast animal hospital for 42 years. There were 28 Veterinarians on the staff, so we saw many thousands of pet owners over the years. My experience was that those owners ,that were mean to their animals, were also mean to other people. Those that abused their animals were far more likely to abuse other people than the average population. The police need to look closely at this womens relationship with her kids. I would bet she has physically abused them.
Interestingly I also found that young people who were addicted to drugs, were far more likely to recover from their addiction, if they worked with animals. I believe it was because the animals showed them unconditional love. We established a program where addicted teenagers worked with the animals, feeding and caring for them. The recovery rate for these kids was far higher than those that had typical therapy. It did not matter what the substance abuse was. Kids on heroin or just pot recovered!

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Nov 13, 2009
 
"Douglas McDonough, 21, who turned his mother in to authorities on Nov. 5, called the home "a concentration camp for the animals" in comments to reporters after the arrest. "

While I applaud him turning in his nutcase Mom, what took so long?
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Nov 13, 2009
 
I bet her neighbors animals are part of the dogs in the back yard. The poor helpless animals.
Krazi

Saint Paul, MN

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Nov 13, 2009
 
Dear AP writer,

you should quickly apologize for you completely over-hyped and revoltingly insensitive headline.

Sure this lady is a freak but to compare what she's doing to the holocaust is beyond incredibly stupid.
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Nov 13, 2009
 
Guys, im an animal lover...but aren't we missing the bigger picture here? She was FORCING HER KIDS to torture these animals? I mean the animal part is sad and tragic, but imagine what damage has been done to these kids now... She should go away for a very long time, not just for animal abuse but for child abuse as well.
Bob

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Nov 13, 2009
 
Krazi wrote:
Sure this lady is a freak but to compare what she's doing to the holocaust is beyond incredibly stupid.
I agree 100%. These are animals not people but some I know love to put animals on the same level or ahead of people.
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Nov 13, 2009
 
Yes, she just also be charged with animal abuse. And I wouldn't be surprised if years down the road her children do not treat animals well. She has certainly caused some amount of mental issues within her children.

I do not question her son not reporting this sooner. He is a 21 year old, just a couple of years ago still a kid. This is his MOTHER. And what mental crap did she cause him as he was growing up? I think it is rare and unlikely that a child would have reported their parent. So I say kudos to the son. Good job.
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Nov 13, 2009
 
carinejune wrote:
Yes, she just also be charged with animal abuse. And I wouldn't be surprised if years down the road her children do not treat animals well. She has certainly caused some amount of mental issues within her children.
I do not question her son not reporting this sooner. He is a 21 year old, just a couple of years ago still a kid. This is his MOTHER. And what mental crap did she cause him as he was growing up? I think it is rare and unlikely that a child would have reported their parent. So I say kudos to the son. Good job.
You could be looking at a LOT more than the children harming only animals when they grow up....to be forcing those kids to do what she had them doing at their ages is real serious stuff from a psychological standpoint.
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Dec 21, 2013
 
I can't believe that a woman could be so evil and what also pisses me off, which, dont get me wrong those poor helpless animals had gone through was terrible and shouldn't be done to them, is that the poor kids had to go through and witness and the part about the kids helping is false information yes they were forced to witness such terrible things but they did not help in anyway. The kids had gone through a very traumatic experience and it will scar them for the rest of their lives where as this woman had only two years and was let off early so she only had to pay for what she did for 2 years where these kids will have to deal with for the rest of their lives.those animals that were rescued I hope they got a nice new home and this woman should have gotten a lot more than what she did I hope those kids are doing great and can heal as much as possible from their experience.

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