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Woman Arrested On Animal Cruelty Charges In Sharpsburg

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SHARPSBURG (KDKA) — Police are calling it a bad case of animal cruelty.

Officers say neighbors complained about the stench coming from a home on Altmayer Street in Sharpsburg.

When officers got there, they found a home in deplorable conditions with trash piled two- to three-feet high in some areas.

Inside, they also found several dead dogs.

Officers then got an arrest warrant for Sonya Lee Thomas.

She was taken into custody this afternoon and charged with seven counts of animal cruelty.

“The residence was in varying states of disarray,” said Brian Hoebel, of the Sharpsburg Police Department. “There was a lot of trash, but the results in conjunction with the animal control officers – we were able to ascertain that there was approximately five dead puppies, one dead adult dog, one dog that was still alive.”

A surviving dog was taken into custody and is being treated at a local facility.

Thomas was not currently living in the house.

She told police she had been caring for the animals.

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