More than 60 neglected animals were rescued in North Carolina on Wednesday (February 17) after they were discovered living in "substandard conditions" in a hoarding situation in Lenior, FOX 8 reports.
Varying sizes and breeds of dogs, including newborn puppies, were found in a shack that was covered in mud, feces, and urine, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA). Additionally, livestock and poultry were discovered living among piles of trash.
"When the animals were fed, it was out of a trough, forcing them to compete for food," the ASPCA said in a statement.
The ASPCA assisted local animal control units in the rescue, providing shelter, medical, and placement support. Photos of the rescue can be found here.
"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, ASPCA director of investigations. "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."
According to a release by the ASPCA, the owner of the animals, Lisa Marie Hendren Meatyard, was charged with felony cruelty to animals and a misdemeanor charge of allowing animals to live in crowded or unsanitary conditions. As part of a plea deal, she agreed to surrender all of her animals. She also agreed to an 18-month probation where she can't own, possess, or control any animals.
This isn't the first time Meatyard has faced similar charges. In October 2020, she was charged and convicted on five counts of cruelty to animals.
The dogs received care from Caldwell County Animal Control before being relocated to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Animal Control where they will be available for adoption.
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