Papillion Woman Accused of Hoarding Animals; Cited for Animal Cruelty

By: LeahUko

SARPYCOUNTY (KPTM) - A woman was cited for hoarding 37 animals in her Papillion homeon Friday.

The NebraskaHumane Society went to 53-year-old Juanita L. Holmes' house on an animalseizure search warrant after it got a tip she was keeping too many animalsinside her house.

When theteam arrived to Holmes' house at 13517 Grissom Street it found 16 chickens,three quail, a pet mouse, two dogs, five cats and 10 fish inside.

MarkLangan with NHS said there were animals on the main floor, in the basement,upstairs and in the garage.

"Obviouslythe breathing conditions, the ammonia levels in the house are detrimental toboth humans and animals," Langan said.

Neighbors,Ashley Phillips and Jordan Northcutt, said they were surprised about the raid.

"She'spretty clean cut when I see her," Phillips continued. "She doesn't strike me assomebody who would have 20 chickens living inside her house, but the outsidekind of tells a different story."

They saidheard rumors that Holmes was hoarding chickens in her home, but never saw anyclear evidence.

"Just alot of garbage and trash," Phillips said. "And the vehicles are just kind offalling apart."

All animalswere alive and safe, but need to be tested for diseases. Currently they are allbeing held at the Nebraska Humane Society.

Holmeswas cited for 25 counts of animal cruelty.