Rescuer brought up on cruelty charges after fire reveals hoarding conditions

An animal rescuer who ran a non-profit rescue agency out of Virginia is facing multiple animal cruelty charges following a house fire that revealed hoarding conditions at her residence. As reported by the Winchester Star, 58-year-old Tammy Smith Barr ran Oreo’s Legacy out of her Frederick County home, and when a fire broke out there earlier this month, first responders discovered squalid conditions inside.

Rescuer facing cruelty charges after fire

According to the news agency, the conditions were so bad in some parts of the house at 231 Gun Barrel Lane, that the fire fighting efforts were “hampered.” Deputy Michelle R. Kitts of the Frederick County Sheriff’s Office described what was found in the criminal complaint:

There were hoarding conditions all through the house as well as dog urine and feces covering the floor all over the house. The odor of urine and feces overpowered the odor of the house fire.”

A total of 20 dogs were living inside of Barr’s residence – they were rescued but they showed physical signs that they had likely been neglected prior to the fire breaking out.

Barr has claimed that she doesn’t normally have that many dogs in her home and that she was actively looking for alternate homes for them when the fire broke out. She is facing 21 counts of animal cruelty and is expected in court on October 18.

(Images via Winchester Star and Facebook)


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2 replies
  1. Jan Barnes says:

    “Hoarding” is a mental disorder, and most hoaders REALLY think they are helping and saving animals. Unfortunately, the situation “quickly” gets “out of control.” Hope the dogs will be fine, and that she gets the help she needs.

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