A groomer in Washington state is facing animal cruelty charges after 36 pets were found “living in squalor” at her Kitsap County home. According to the Kitsap Sun, 68-year-old Cherilyn M. Wilson, and her husband Roy, are facing numerous charges as a result of the discovery.
Wilson runs the Happy Tails Pet Grooming business in Bremerton – according to the news agency, her business was not properly licensed. Wilson formerly ran the business out of her home and back in 2001, 224 animals were seized from the residence.
In September, officials found a severely neglected pony at the couple’s Lewis County residence – the pony was in such poor condition that humane euthanasia was the only option. Several dogs, living in “disgusting conditions” inside of a barn, were also found. The discovery resulted in one felony animal cruelty charge (for the pony) and misdemeanor counts related to the condition of the dogs, reports the Daily Chronicle.
Officials also learned that the couple kept pets at a Kitsap County residence. Animal control officers found 26 dogs, four cats, five rabbits and a guinea pig. According to an officer’s report, feces were upwards of six inches deep in places and the smell inside was overwhelming, even with a respirator.
The buildings on the Lewis County property were condemned because of the deplorable conditions.
No word on where the Wilson’s pets are at this point in time.
(Stock image of dog via Pixabay)
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