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Animal Cruelty Charges Filed

NEWARK (Adam Aaro) -- A St. Louisville woman is facing nearly 50 charges after dozens of dogs were rescued from her home late last month.

Samantha Magers, 47 is charged with 43 counts of prohibition against companion animals and three counts of animal cruelty.

The Licking County Humane Society says investigators had been monitoring Magers property for months after complaints had come in about more than a dozen dogs living outside in cages.

And these are not typically dogs that live outdoors, Licking County Humane Society Director Lori Carlson said. Im talking about poodles, yorkies and cocker spaniels.

On October 29th, a search warrant allowed humane agents to search the property. In all they found 43 dogs living inside and outside the home.

They were living in really deplorable conditions, Carlson said. Kennels were stacked on top of each other.

Investigators say the dogs fur was matted in feces. Some of the animals were underweight and proper food and water was scarce.

Already at capacity, the Licking County Humane Society had to create a make-shift shelter in a back room of their building. A huge task was put in front of them to get all the animals checked by vets, groomed and fed.

If youd have asked me will these animals be out of here in 13 days, I would have said there is absolutely no way, Carlson said.

But thanks to an outpouring of community support through donations and volunteers, the dogs began getting new homes.

We started receiving applications on these animals the night they were brought here, Carlson said.

By November 12th, most of the dogs were adopted, or are on their way to being adopted. Carlson says they got around 80 adoption applications from all over Central Ohio. And the humane society received mountains of dog food, puppy pads and other donations to help ease the stress on the shelter.

The community outpouring has been amazing, Carlson said. 
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