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Chincoteague Woman Accused of Hoarding Cats

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Chincoteague police provided these photos taken during Wednesday's raid of Lynley Lavern Beck's home. Chincoteague police provided these photos taken during Wednesday's raid of Lynley Lavern Beck's home.

CHINCOTEAGUE ISLAND, Va.- A Chincoteague woman is facing animal cruelty charges following accusations that she hoarded dozens of live cats and several dead cats inside her home.

Chincoteague police said the department recently received a call from a local animal hospital concerning the conditions of two cats that had been brought to the hospital by a Chincoteague resident.

Police said officers attempted to contact the owner of the cats, later identified as 61-year-old Lynley Lavern Beck, but were unable to get her to come to the door.

Police then obtained two arrest warrants charging Beck with cruelty to animals as well as a search warrant for her house. On Wednesday, police, with the help from the Accomack County Sheriff's Office Animal Control Division, raided Beck's home. Officers were equipped with hazardous material suits and air tanks while they removed 40 living cats and the bodies of several dead cats from the house, police said.

The Accomack County Department of Social Services was at the scene to provide assistance and the Town of Chincoteague Building and Zoning officer has temporarily shut down the house. The Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Company also assisted officers with the four-hour operation.

All of the cats were transported to the Accomack County Animal Control Facility.

Police said Beck was charged with two class-1 misdemeanors, with several other charges pending.

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