Bradley Beach Police Chief Leonard Guida tells the Asbury Park Press that officers and firefighters made the discovery around 2 a.m. Sunday when they responded to the three-story home in the Monmouth County community.
Guida believes the odor of decaying cats may have set off the fire alarm.
Authorities say the home's 65-year-old owner will likely face animal cruelty charges. They believe she may have become overwhelmed by the animals and her other responsibilities, including caring for an elderly relative.
Guida said the woman - who could not be reached for comment on Sunday - will also likely face code enforcement citations.
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