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Woman charged after 49 animals living in filthy conditions were removed from farm

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A Wisconsin woman faces dozens of misdemeanor charges after authorities seized 43 dogs and six horses from her Pine Valley farm last month.

Carolyn Christie, 53, has been charged with 26 counts that include intentionally mistreating animals and failing to provide proper food and shelter for them, court records show. She is scheduled to make her first court appearance Sept. 23.

Six horses and 43 dogs were taken from the property after the Clark County Sheriff’s Office investigated a complaint that the animals had no water, food or shelter in sweltering heat and humidity in August.

After obtaining a search warrant, officials found the dogs were living in a residence that had feces and urine covering the floor, and had an “overwhelming smell of ammonia." Six of the horses on the property were also found to be in poor health.

The dogs were brought to the Clark County Humane Society, reports noted, while the Midwest Horse Welfare Foundation was called to take care of the horses.

A post on the Midwest Horse Welfare Foundation notes the horses are making improvements. Faith, a black mare, has been struggling with a high temperature recently, and the organization is watching her closely.

Christie told investigators she didn't feel the conditions the animals were kept in were bad, and she would live in the house if she had to, WQOW reports.

If convicted, she could face a maximum of nine months in jail and a $10,000 fine on each of the charges, Wisconsin Ag Connection says.

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