A janitor at a North Portland, Oregon school was cleaning up a trailer on school property when he discovered the bodies of 17 pets in the freezer.
The dead, frozen pets were found in a rarely used trailer at Ockley Green School in North Portland, Oregon.
OregonLive.com reported that the janitor, John Morrison, was told to clean the trailer on July 1 so it could be used for classroom space.
Morrison found six cats, two hamsters, two goldfish, two frogs, a guinea pig, a hedgehog, a parakeet, a lizard and a spider, all frozen in garbage bags inside a freezer in the trailer.
Inside one of the garbage bags with the dead animal was a note saying: “Jeremiah, I love you, I’m sorry you died, I pray you’re happy. Rest in paradise (love) always.”
Principal Conrad Hurdle phoned a long-time volunteer who admitted that the "animals were her pets and had died of natural causes. She said it was difficult to find a place to bury them and too painful to part with them."
Police spoke with the volunteer, but since the animals died of natural causes and were not abused, she was not cited. She was let go from her volunteer position at the school, however.
Psychologist Ron Turco told North Portland KATU that the woman kept the animals probably because she was lonely.
"The animals are, in a sense, with her and she takes comfort from them. It's odd. I think it's peculiar. But it's nothing that I would be alarmed about," said Turco.