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Case ID: 19646
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: cat, dog (non pit-bull)
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Thursday, May 17, 2012

County: Chatham

Disposition: Alleged

Alleged: Stephanie Bennett

Savannah-Chatham police animal control officers were called to Stars and Stripes Self Storage at 5503 Montgomery St. after the manager found dead animals in one of the storage units Thursday afternoon.

Police spokeswoman Gena Sullivan said the unit had been rented in January by a woman named Stephanie Bennett. No payments had been made in 90 days, she said, giving the manager permission to enter the unit to inventory and auction off the contents.

In the process of doing so, he found four dead cats and one dead dog - all in crates - inside the 10-foot-by-20-foot unit.

The state of the animals' decomposition led the officers who removed their corpses from the unit to believe they had been dead for months.

In addition to the five animals, there were also household items in the unit.

Bennett, formerly of Waters Avenue, has not made payment on the unit since January, and police believe she has left Georgia and could be living in South Carolina.

The investigation by animal control officers is just beginning, and Sullivan said Bennett could face multiple charges.

Authorities have a copy of her ID.

Also, authorities say the District Attorney will decide if the charges against her will be felony charges or misdemeanor charges.

If they are misdemeanor charges, Bennett can not be extradited if she is out of the city.


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