Dozens of dogs seized from home of Sweetwater woman

Dozens of dogs seized from home of Sweetwater woman

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Authorities say the animal cruelty charges filed against Moses were based mostly on the conditions the dogs were found in. Authorities say the animal cruelty charges filed against Moses were based mostly on the conditions the dogs were found in.
"She took good care of her dogs, her dogs eat better than she does," said Smith. "She took good care of her dogs, her dogs eat better than she does," said Smith.
The dogs-14 of which are puppies-are being held in the Monroe County Animal Shelter. The dogs-14 of which are puppies-are being held in the Monroe County Animal Shelter.

By MIKE KRAFCIK
6 News Reporter

SWEETWATER (WATE) - A Monroe County woman has been cited for animal cruelty after authorities seized 41 dogs from an alleged illegal kennel operating out of her home.

Officials with the City Codes Enforcement Office say the dogs were found in varying conditions.

Authorities say they were kept inside the home of Libby Moses, in wire cages and several kennels.

The dogs, 14 of which are puppies, are being held in the Monroe County Animal Shelter.

"They came in with all types of parasites; we cleaned them up, hoping they can be released," said shelter employee Claire Moxom.

The shelter says the dogs are expected to live, but all have been vaccinated for worms.

One puppy's condition was described as deteriorating. It was partially paralyzed.

"Her back end is so bad, she can hardly stand," Moxom said.

Authorities say Moses' home contained numerous dog houses, cages, and food bowls.

The home was also infested with roaches.

"The home and the property were unsanitary conditions," said City of Sweetwater employee Chuck Whited. "Just conditions that were difficult to see and difficult to look at."

Moses' daughter, Jayne Smith, says her mother was unaware that some of her dogs had been bred or had been injured.

Smith says many relatives lived at the home and had Moses watch their dogs.

"She took good care of her dogs, her dogs eat better than she does," said Smith. "She takes better care of them than herself."

Officials say Moses bought and sold dogs through a trading magazine. A woman who bought a dog through an ad placed by Moses tipped off authorities after the animal died shortly after purchase.

"The puppy ended up having several medical conditions, hook worms and seizures," said Whited.

Authorities say the animal cruelty charges filed against Moses were based mostly on the conditions the dogs were found in.

Officials say there is no suggestion that Moses physically harmed the dogs.

The Monroe County Animal Shelter says they received complaints about Moses in the past.

Moses has been cited for 162 code violations. She is scheduled to appear in court on Friday morning.

Moses is contesting the dogs remain in her possession.

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