In Stone County Missouri Sheriff Richard L. Hill said a 65-year-old woman has been charged with 12 counts of animal abuse, a Class A misdemeanor, after a complaint of neglect of several dogs.
Investigators went to the home of Judy Lee Chambers on Holts Spring Road near Hurley, Mo., Tuesday, March 16, 2010 and observed several dogs with no accessible food or water.
(Sheriff Richard L. Hill on left)
“The investigators then knocked on the front door of the residence and could detect a strong foul odor of what he believed to be feces and urine coming from the home,” Sheriff Richard L. Hill said. “The investigators did observe at least 13 dogs running loose and free inside the residence, with several of the dogs that appeared to be emaciated. They also observed an abundance of feces and trash covering the floor.”
Investigators applied for a search warrant to inspect, care for and/or impound neglected or abused animals.
A total of 55 dogs were located, with several being emaciated. More than 20 were located inside the home, and two puppies were found inside the home that needed immediate care.
Eleven deceased dogs ranging from newborn to adult age were also found. The animals were taken by the Humane Society of Missouri to be cared for and thoroughly examined.
Armed with the warrant, police and members of the Missouri Humane Society went to the property on Monday, March 22.
In searching the outside grounds, a plastic storage container was located which contained 11 deceased dogs ranging from newborn to adult age.
Judy Lee Chambers, 65, faces 12 counts of improper disposing of a dead animal, and 12 counts of animal abuse. Charges were filed at 9 a.m. on March 24, 2010.A check of records indicated the residents of the home had applied for a breeder’s license but were found not to be in compliance with state statutes at the time of application.
A disposition hearing for the animals is scheduled for Wednesday, March 31 at 9:30 a.m. in Galena. Judy Lee Chambers is to appear in court next on Apr. 20.