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Woman, Dogs Found Dead in Bethesda Home

Montgomery County Fire and Rescue describe possible hoarding conditions in home.

A woman and several dogs were found dead in a Bethesda home late Tuesday, according to Montgomery County Fire and Rescue.

Officials responded just before midnight Tuesday for a welfare check on the woman who lived at a home in the 9400 block of Corsica Drive, according to Fire Spokesman Asst. Chief Scott Graham.

When they arrived, they found an adult female dead in the home, Graham said. The cause of death wasn't yet known.

Several dogs were also found in the home and there were possible hoarding conditions, Graham said. Responders discovered live and dead animals, some caged, and removed them from the home with the help of animal control officials, Graham said.

Montgomery County police are investigating the incident as an unattended death, Graham said.

Pamela Klinedinst September 14, 2012 at 02:31 AM
I don't like the way you did not respond concerning my plea to please take out the "hoarding" insinuation in the story about Ann Burton's death. That was unsubstantiated inappropriate speculation. She was an honourable woman who bred and showed dogs, not a hoarder. She was known to many of us as a friend and church member. Thinking twice about your reliability as a news source.
Erin Donaghue (Editor) September 14, 2012 at 07:49 PM
Hi Pamela, thanks for your comment and your feedback. We reported the information given to us by Montgomery County Fire and Rescue Service, which is our standard practice. An FRS spokesman described a "possible" hoarding situation in the home, which is what we reported. If you would like to discuss further, please feel free to reach out to me via email at erin@patch.com. Thanks.
Jillannemarie September 15, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Good comment. SO many journalists are novice, ill-equipped to do a proper job. They will jump to conclusions and insert their own agenda, at the expense of their subject. This was no doubt a situation wherein the woman had no one but those animals and became incapacitated and died. Where was her family? Where were her friends? A real story would focus on the lack of those people, not a jump-to-judgment conclusion generated by a two-bit reporter.
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