Two Dead Dogs Found In A House Leads to Felony Cruelty ChargeA 43-year-old Centralia woman has been charged in Marion County Court with felony aggravated cruelty to animals.
Christy Schmidt of South Poplar is accused of allowing two pet dogs to starve by not providing them food causing their death. She has also been charged with a misdemeanor count of cruel treatment of animals for confining the animals inside a residence without providing access to food.
Marion County State's Attorney Matt Wilzbach says Schmidt had apparently moved out of a rented home last October and left her two dogs behind. When her landlord brought a fumigator to the property, they discovered the stench of the dead animals when opening the door. Wilzbach says one of the dogs was in a crate, while the other was found lying under the bed.
Centralia Animal Control Officer Bobby Patton was called to the scene to take photographs. Wilzbach says no charges were filed earlier because some more information had been sought on the case.
Schmidt will be served with the new charges on Tuesday when she is due in court on a pending case of state benefits fraud.
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