Imagine sued after 150 dogs found dead and hundreds more discovered in & # 39; unimaginable circumstances & # 39;
A few have been accused of animal abuse after 150 dogs were discovered dead and hundreds more in & # 39; unimaginable circumstances & # 39; lived in animal rescue centers in Texas and Missouri.
About 300 animals in the attack of Tiffany and Steven Woodington were still alive, although the authorities said that many should be euthanized.
Steven, 55, had about 270 dogs wrapped in tight cages, covered with stools and urine, in Cameron County, Texas, prior to transportation to the property of his 49-year-old wife Tiffany in Brenton County, Missouri.
Sheriff Omar Lucio, who came across the Texas site, said it was the worst case of animal abuse he had seen in 50 years of law enforcement: & The crowd? It is amazing, it is amazing to the imagination. & # 39;
Lucio said on Tuesday that the authorities discovered about 24 dead animals on the site in the small community of Los Fresnos, north of Brownsville in the far south of the state.
Tiffany Woodington, 49, is accused in Missouri with 10 counts of felony animal abuse and two felony counts of animal abuse after the animals were discovered on her site on September 12
They were found on September 9 after authorities received complaints from neighbors about barking dogs, according to Lucio and Cameron County prosecutor Edward Sandoval.
Delegates found many of the dogs covered in stools and urine, with two or three of them packed together in each cage.
Authorities estimate that more than half of Texas dogs would not survive or should be euthanized.
The sheriff's office in Benton County said Steven Woodington was transporting the animals to Cole Camp, Missouri, about 90 miles southeast of Kansas City.
Law enforcement went to a home there, where Tiffany Woodington led them to an old school bus, a shed, and a house.
Dirty cages discovered on the property of Tiffany Woodington in Missouri
The sheriff's office in Benton County said it found around 120 dead dogs and a dead cat on September 12 at various stages of decay, some were just bones.
Benton County Sheriff Eric Knox said that some animals died in the same cages, making it difficult to get an exact count.
Authorities also found 38 dogs and one cat & # 39; alive but in unimaginable circumstances. & # 39;
Tiffany Woodington had moved some of them to another location in the area, a sergeant of a sheriff wrote in a report.
Tiffany Woodington told the authorities that the dogs died of dog disease and all within a three-day period.
She was asked why she did not seek help and & # 39; she had no other answer than it just happened so quickly & # 39; said the report.
Jeane Jae, a spokeswoman for the Humane Society of Missouri, said the surviving animals under her care were matted and skinny.
& # 39; It will take a long time to rehabilitate these animals, & # 39; she said, adding that a dog and a cat found in Missouri had to be euthanized for medical reasons.
Benton County Sheriff Eric Knox said he & # 39; not a word & # 39; had heard about problems before the dead animals were found, even though the closest neighbor lived about 150 meters away.
Paul Fourt Jr., Steven Woodington's lawyer, said his client is not planning to plead guilty to the charges.
The sheriff's office in Benton County said Steven Woodington was transporting the animals to Cole Camp, Missouri, about 90 miles southeast of Kansas City. Law enforcement went there to a property (photo), where Tiffany Woodington led them to an old school bus, a shed, and a house.
& # 39; He tried to save and save those animals at all times, & # 39; Fourt said, explaining that Woodington was planning to send the dogs to shelters in Kansas and Oklahoma so that they could eventually be adopted. Fourt indicated that others were responsible for their abuse.
Tiffany has been accused in Missouri with 10 counts of felony animal abuse and two felony counts of animal abuse.
Her husband is accused in Texas of 19 animal abuse counts. A second man described as the caretaker was also accused of animal abuse in Texas.
All three are free on bonds. There is no lawyer listed for Tiffany Woodington in records of online courts and she has no specified number.
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