Woman charged with animal cruelty in Tenn. hoarding case

Woman charged with animal cruelty in Tenn. hoarding case

LINCOLN COUNTY, Tenn. (WAFF) - A Tennessee woman faces 18 animal cruelty charges after more than 100 animals were discovered at a home during an animal hoarding investigation in Frankewing.

Laura Lifer was taken into custody on Thursday and bonded out on Friday.

Woman charged with 18 counts of animal cruelty
Woman charged with 18 counts of animal cruelty (Source: Lincoln County Sheriff)

Investigators say they found dogs, horses, donkeys, sheep, geese, ducks, exotic birds, turtles and other animals on her property.

Authorities found more than 100 animals in a hoarding investigation in Frankewing, Tennessee on April 30, 2020.
Authorities found more than 100 animals in a hoarding investigation in Frankewing, Tennessee on April 30, 2020. (Source: WAFF)

Some of the animals were dead.

Lincoln County Sheriff Murray Blackwelder said on Thursday that Lifer was hoarding animals and running a puppy mill, he added that this is the worst case of animal hoarding he’d ever witnessed.

Blackwelder said there had been complaints previously, and that deputies were finally able to get a search warrant.

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office is working with Giles County because of the location.

Lincoln County has no animal control, so they are relying on a Tennessee state veterinarian and local humane societies.

At least 26 dogs will be going to the Nashville Humane Association.

Giles County Animal Shelter Director Morgan Sutton said her team is actively working to see if any of the dogs had owners in the area, and is treating their conditions.

“Several of them have conditions, anywhere from skin conditions to heart failure. I’m not saying any of that in particular was on her, the owner, but they need to be addressed,” she aid.

In 2009, Lifer plead guilty to two counts of animal cruelty. She was sentenced to two years probation and a $100 fine. The plea agreement stated she could own no more than one cat and one dog, and no large animals.

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