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Case ID: 19437
Classification: Hoarding
Animal: dog (non pit-bull)
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Saturday, Jan 14, 2012

County: Sussex

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Mary A. Carey

A Milford woman has been arrested and charged with multiple animal cruelty and animal husbandry charges.

Delaware Animal Care and Control received a complaint call Jan. 14 from the property owner of 10567 Coastal Highway that multiple dogs were being housed on the property that did not belong to the property owner.

Master Corporal Brian Lewis responded to the call and found multiple dogs shivering in travel carriers. The dogs did not have any type of food, water, or bedding and each carrier housed two dogs each.

A total of 25 small, medium, and large breed dogs were involved and included 15 Papillions, one Border Collie-Beagle mix, one American Eskimo, two dachshunds, two Shih-Tzus, one Beagle, and three Labrador mixes.

All the dogs were removed and transported to Kent County SPCA for medical evaluation. Upon arrival, the majority of the dogs were dehydrated and over half were very thin and in need of medical attention.

Mary A. Carey, 62, of Milford, was arrested and charged with 13 counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and 80 counts of animal husbandry-related charges.

Animal husbandry often refers to the science of breeding and caring for farm animals.

Carey was arraigned at JP3 and released on $9,300 unsecured bond and ordered not to own or possess any animals until after the case was heard in the Court of Common Pleas.

According to Major Brian Whipple, the dogs will be housed and held as evidence at the Kent County SPCA in Camden.

Adoption inquiries should be forwarded to the Kent County SPCA.

A Cape Gazette article from Feb. 21, 2003, detailed volunteer efforts to remove 68 neglected dogs and cats from a Cedar Creek property near Milton. Carey had been evicted from the property, but left her animals there, returning every few days to check on them. Carey said she tried to keep the animals fed, but she admitted she had limited funds to buy pet food.

A court order required Carey to find homes for her animals by Feb. 14, 2003, or they would be taken and euthanized. Area animal rescue groups removed the animals that day.


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