In a shocking case of animal cruelty in Midland, Texas, a former dog rescuer was arrested on Wednesday and charged with 16 counts of animal cruelty after abandoning 16 dogs who tried to eat each other to survive.
According to WbapNews, Carly Jo Underwood, 29, left the dogs to fend for themselves more than eight months ago. The former board member of the no-kill rescue group Dust Bowl Animal Rescue, left last year to live with her mother in Nevada. Co-workers at the rescue had no idea why Underwood abandoned the dogs that are believed to have been taken from a local shelter and left to starve to death.
“I can’t even fathom where her mind is at, where her mind went because I knew her personally and that’s not the person I knew,” Mesha Randolph, president of Dust Bowl Animal Rescue told KmidNews.
“There was just fur everywhere. That’s all you could see.”
The remains of the dogs were discovered in the home when bankers served a foreclosure notice. Some of the dogs had been left in their kennels, and others apparently had the run of the house. Disturbing evidence shows some of the dogs had resorted to cannibalizing each other during the time they were left alone. Fecal remains and urine permeated the entire home. For some of the dogs, all that remained were tufts of fur.
Midland County Sheriff Gary Painter stated he knew something was very wrong in the home when he walked in and was assaulted by the horrible stench. The sheriff admitted he had never seen such animal cruelty in all of his years at the job and couldn’t imagine what the dogs left locked up in cages had to have endured locked up with not a chance for survival.
Underwood has been booked into jail on the 16 counts of animal cruelty and three other unrelated misdemeanor warrants.
(Photos of 16 dogs left to eat each other screenshot Midland County Sheriff’s Office and CbsNews)
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