August 16, 2007 -- A New Jersey stockbroker and his wife maintained an animal house of horrors -- a feces-filled mansion where they kept more than 100 malnourished and neglected dogs and cats, officials said yesterday.While their initial intent may have been good, these are adults and as adults they should know when it is time to not take in anymore than they can handle, regardless of the size of the house. And to allow the filth is incomprehensible! I hope they spend a long time in jail.
SPCA workers fought the foul stench of death to recover 24 animal remains and about 100 live pets during a shocking two-day operation at the home of Merrill Lynch securities broker Philip Tamis, 66, and wife Cynthia Stewart, 49, in tony Saddle River.
One dog's fur was so matted and caked in feces, rescuers couldn't figure which end was its head.
It wasn't immediately clear why the couple collected so many animals.
The couple was charged with 10 counts of animal cruelty last night. More counts were pending.
Many of the deceased animals -- two dogs, 18 cats and four unidentifiable animals -- had been dead for more than a year.
"The majority were cats, but one [set of remains] was in a liquid form of decomposition that looked like a puppy," said Frank Saracino, deputy chief of law enforcement for the Bergen County Prosecutor's Animal Cruelty Task Force. Health officials have condemned the house because a massive amount of animal waste has compromised its structural integrity.
"The wood floors are buckled from the urine and feces," said Saracino. "There's feces in every square inch of this home."
Tamis is a Merrill Lynch broker based in Paramus, and his employers benched him yesterday when they learned of the raid.
"These are disturbing allegations," said Merrill Lynch spokesman Mark Herr. "Mr. Tamis has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of this matter."
Tamis and Stewart appear to be up to their eyeballs in debt.
They filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 1997 and Chapter 11 bankruptcy in 2005.
When authorities first busted into their home Tuesday and rescuers carted off the animals, Stewart cried out, "They're my babies!"
America in all its Glory
What a gorgeous shot of Mabry Mill in the Blue Ridge Mountains (Virginia). Such a peaceful, serene setting.
Sitting on the edge of the water. Taking a worm and baiting it on the hook of a line that is attached to a long, thin tree branch. Gently "cast" the line into the water. Now to sit quietly, watching the dragonflies skip across the surface of the calm water. Listening to the frogs calling to one another. All the thoughts of your daily life are no longer with you - all you are thinking about at this moment is the beauty of the trees, where they simply meld into the banks of the water.
Who cares if you ever get a nibble on your line. Just to enjoy this moment that you will never live again. That is life!
Every crime committed by an illegal immigrant should never have happened!!!
Read my posting under Illegal Immigrants.
A quote from President Theodore Roosevelt addressed on immigration in 1907:
"In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person's becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American ... There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn't an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag ... We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language ... and we have room for but one sole loyalty, and that is a loyalty to the American people."