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More than 60 neglected dogs, newborn puppies, rescued from waste-filled shack :: WRAL.com

February 19, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Dogs and puppies varying breeds and sizes were rescued after being neglected in a shack that's floor was covered in feces, urine, mud and trash on a property in Caldwell County.

The rescued animals were transported to Caldwell County Animal Control, where they were given medical exams before being relocated to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal control to be made available for adoption.

"The woman who owned the animals, Lisa Marie Hendren Meatyard, was charged with felony cruelty to animals and allowing animals to live in crowded or unsanitary conditions, a misdemeanor," said a release from the ASPCA.

This isn't the first time Meatyard has been charged with animal cruelty.

Last year, according to officials, she was charged with five misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals.

"On Tuesday, she agreed to plea surrendering all of her animals, which included goats, a goose, ducks, cows, roosters, an iguana, and a rat, in addition to the dogs, and 18 months’ probation, during which time she cannot own, possess, or control any animals," said the ASPCA in a release.

“A primary focus for the ASPCA is to provide support for law enforcement, prosecutors, and animal welfare professionals nationwide to improve the lives of animals – especially those being abused or neglected,” said Leigh Anne Wilson, director of investigations for the ASPCA.

“This case required significant collaboration across multiple animal welfare organizations, and we are pleased to be able to support Caldwell County Animal Control with the rescue of these animals and are grateful to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Control for giving them a second chance. "

Caldwell County Animal Control’s animal cruelty investigations team responds to complaints of animal cruelty and neglect.

For more information about how to report an incident and what to look out for when you suspect animal cruelty in Caldwell County, visit: https://www. caldwellcountync. org/animal-control/cruelty-neglect.

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