Animal hoarder charged with 29 counts of animal abuse - WSMV Channel 4

Animal hoarder charged with 29 counts of animal abuse

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As Franklin County animal control officers approached a Dechard home Monday, they encountered a nightmare. They found dozens of or dying dogs, most chained and unable to eat or drink water.  

Investigator Chris Guess has seen a lot in his career in law enforcement, but he said this is as bad as it gets.

"There were dogs, cats, chickens, a duck, a horse, mule, all suffering from starvation. We're glad we were able to find out about the abuse and put a stop to it," said Guess.

The Franklin County Sheriffs Department believes Elizabeth Windom is an animal hoarder who was unable to physically and financially care for the animals. She has been charged with numerous counts of animal cruelty. She was arrested and is currently in the Franklin County Jail.

"For someone to neglect them and let them starve to death, it's bad all the way around," said Guess.

The animal seizures swelled the small animal control facility in Winchester to over-capacity, straining its budget. They need donations to help feed the 32 dogs and cats seized in the raid.

"Donations of food would be fine. We also need bowls. We had some people stop by and bring donations of food. It's going to take quite a bit of food. Every little bit of dog food helps, even if it's a little bag," said animal control officer Joe Burgraff.

Animal control also needs people to adopt dogs and cats from the shelter to accommodate the dozens of animals that were seized. The dogs and cats taken from Windom's home cannot be adopted out until her court date on animal abuse charges Oct. 7.

Animal control will hold an adoption event Aug. 17 at the Tractor Supply store in Winchester.

To donate food, blankets and bowls to the shelter, call 931-967-5389

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