UPDATE: 200 Animals surrendered by St. Marys woman facing animal cruelty charges

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ST. MARYS, W.Va. ( WTAP) - UPDATE: 7/20/17
54-year-old Darlyn Fleming, of St. Marys, has surrendered over 200 animals to Pleasants County Humane Society, and is charged with five counts of animal cruelty, according to prosecutor Brian Carr.

The humane officer involved says she personally attempted to create a plan with Fleming to possibly improve the conditions for animals she was able to keep after the original visit.

However, after the latest visit, the humane officer made the decision to remove the remaining animals.

Jackie Hoffman says, " At that time I spoke with the owner and I was trying really hard, I wanted to work with her. One, because these animals she has had for numerous years to the best of my knowledge. Sometime in the past week in a half or so, I realized things weren't going to improve for some reasons and we went ahead to make arrangements to remove the larger animals.">


UPDATE (7/14/2017 8:00 P.M.): Just over a week ago, officials found over 80 animals on a St. Marys property in horrific condition.

Now, that property owner's facing several animal abuse charges.

54-year-old Darlyn Fleming is charged with five counts of animal cruelty.

That's one charge for every type of animal she had on her property.

The Pleasants County Sheriff's Office says she could've faced over 80 counts for every animal seized.

Officials say almost all the animals were severely malnourished with their ribs showing.

There also wasn't any food or water visible and temperatures were close to 90 degrees.

The Humane Society says it's still looking for homes for all the rescued animals.



One St. Marys woman could face more than 50 animal cruelty charges.

Friday the humane society officer of Pleasants County received a call from a concerned resident of animals being abused.

Deputy Copland and the humane society officer did a walk-through of 7760 Hebron Road where they found dozens of animals not being properly taken care of.

The manager at the dog shelter of the humane society says, “They discovered numerous animals in horrid conditions. We realized we definitely needed to take some animals. There were so many, we started making arrangements to go out there and started taking them."

Although the manager says they’re only equipped for dogs, they took cats, rabbits, and chickens because they didn’t want to leave them behind.

If anyone wants to adopt any of the rescued animals they can contact the shelter at 304-684-2273.



 
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