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Case ID: 16830
Classification: Hoarding
Animal: cat, dog (non pit-bull)
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Thursday, Nov 11, 2010

County: Wayne

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Alleged
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Alleged: Florence Dowling

An Arlington woman faces dozens of counts of animal cruelty and other offenses after police this morning searched her house and found sickly cats and deplorable conditions.

Florence Dowling, 67, will face summary charges including not having proof of rabies vaccinations, harboring a nuisance, exceeding the number of pets allowed in city limits and not having a dog license for the lone Bernese mountain dog officers confiscated.

Police and volunteers from Animal Friends, dressed in hazmat suits, began searching her house in the 1800 block of Arlington Avenue for animals just after 10 a.m. today. Two hours later, they had captured a dozen cats and the dog and were setting traps for the others. They said conditions inside the home made it too dangerous to rescue all the animals.

Officers said years' worth of human and animal waste covered the floors. A warm morning breeze wafted the stench into the street. The house, which did not have utilities, will be condemned on Friday and razed later, a building inspector said.


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