By Ralph Iannotti

VALLEY TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A woman is facing animal cruelty charges in Armstrong County.

Humane Officer Penny Dewoehrel said feces and urine were everywhere when she accompanied State police to a home on Yockey Road in Valley Township.

Nine Great Danes were found roaming in the house and one was chained to a wall. Three more were found dead outside. They apparently starved to death.

State police were first called to the home after a 911 hang-up call from the house over the weekend. After several days of unsuccessfully trying to reach homeowner, they got a search warrant to go inside.

Humane officer says there was electricity running in the house, but no water or food for the dogs. The humane officer said the woman wasn’t overly concerned about the dogs’ conditions when she was contacted.

The dogs are now under the care of a veterinarian until they can be adopted.

Animal cruelty charges will be filed against the homeowner on Thursday.

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