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Woman charged after animals rescued from Columbia home

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Diane Gilbertson (Source: Maury County Sheriff's Office) Diane Gilbertson (Source: Maury County Sheriff's Office)
COLUMBIA, TN (WSMV) -

A Columbia woman faces animal cruelty charges after officials said she kept animals in deplorable conditions.

Neighbors said they had been complaining about the home for months.

“It smells like pure dog poop, urine, it just smells like a kennel,” said Angela Kelley, who lives across the street.

The Maury County Sheriff’s Office and Maury County Animal Control recently showed up at the house.

“When they started pulling up, taking out dogs, I was so happy,” Kelley said.

A total of 17 dogs and five cats were removed from the home. Officials said there was three inches of feces all over the floor and hair everywhere.

Officials said the animals appeared to be well fed, but were filthy and infested with fleas.

Diane Gilbertson, the owner of the home, has been charged with cruelty to animals.

Ellen Avel lives in the neighborhood. She described Gilbertson as an animal lover who was trying to do good but got in over her head.

“She loves animals so much and she’s a real good person,” Avel said. “Couldn’t say no to help people, that’s her problem.”

The animals are being taken care of at the Maury County Animal Shelter until Gilbertson goes to court on Oct. 5.

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