May 5, 2011: Horrific Hoarding: Woman Charged With Animal Cruelty
Prosecutors are calling it a terrible case of animal hoarding, that left dozens of dogs and cats stacked in crates--many without food or water.
52-year-old Brenda Studer of Richland County is charged with 14 counts of animal cruelty. In March, Richland County humane officers confiscated more than 80 dogs and cats from Studer's leased Bowman Street barn and shed.
Now the defense is questioning the validity of that search warrant. This, while many of the animals are still caught in limbo. Some of the dogs are blind. One had her front leg amputated. All are waiting.
Thursday, Municipal Judge Jerry Ault heard testimony from witnesses, including Mansfield veterinarian Melanie Hall, who treated one of Studer's puppies who was missing a front leg.
"The puppy was also missing part of its right ear, it had a fractured leg, it was a little underweight, and it was pretty much wrapped in duct tape from its leg halfway down its body," Hall said on the stand..." More & video
MANSFIELD, Ohio — More than 80 animals were being cared for on Tuesday after they were removed from a Richland County home.
Officials said Brenda Studer thought she was helping the dozens of animals in her care, 10TV's Glenn McEntyre reported.
Studer faces multiple charges, including resisting arrest and obstructing official business for allegedly trying to interfere with the search of her property.
She is expected to be charged with additional counts of animal cruelty this week, McEntyre reported.
Richland County Humane Agent Missy Houghton said it was one of the worst hoarding cases she has ever seen.
Fifty-three dogs and dozens of cats were removed. Some were housed in a barn and a shed, with up to four dogs sharing the same cage.
Officials found the cages so caked with animal waste and straw that Houghton said they had to be dug out. Dead rats littered the floors..." More & video