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UPDATE: Animal Cruelty


An Indianapolis woman charged with 42 counts in what prosecutors called one of the worst cases of animal neglect they've ever seen turned herself in yesterday.

60 year old Mary Smith, arrived at Indianapolis Animal Care and Control and from there police took her to the Marion County Jail.

Smith was charged with multiple counts of abandonment or neglect of an animal after police found 42 dirty, malnourished and sick dogs locked in her home at 1520 E. 87th St. in June.

When officers entered the home, they found the carcasses of seven dogs, including two puppies and one dog still locked in its crate, and it's believed the living dogs had been forced to eat the dogs that dies and drink each other's urine to survive.

Smith told police she moved to Terre Haute, but she said she came back twice a week to check on the dogs.

Based on the amount of feces blocking the door to the home, authorities said they doubt her claims.

If convicted, Smith could face up to a year in prison for each animal.

Smith will also face civil charges for care and treatment of animals, not having rabies vaccines and disposition of dead animals.

Animal Care and Control Deputy Director Marcus Brown said. "It was probably one of the nastiest houses I've ever been in,"

The Department of Code Enforcement has issued an order to demolish the house.

Surviving animals will be put up for adoption.