Woman facing charges after 26 dogs found in home

August 6, 2010 3:42:24 AM PDT
A homeowner in New Jersey is facing charges of animal cruelty after more than two dozen dogs were found in her garbage-filled home. Neighbors thought the stench coming from the house on Brighton Road in Clifton was a gas leak.

But when officers arrived, they discovered 26 dogs, some reportedly in pitiful health.

Conditions were so toxic that HazMat teams took turns going inside.

Homeowner Joanne Zak was arrested and faces multiple charges of animal cruelty.

She is being held on multiple charges of animal cruelty in the Clifton jail.