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Sep 4, 2013 8:01 PM

Franklin Co. Woman Faces Two Animal Cruelty Cases Involving Total Of 66 Dogs

Hoarding case after hoarding case keeps the Franklin County Humane Society pushing maximum capacity.

In the last year and a half, 66 dogs from just one woman have been put into the care of the Humane Society.

In July, 34 dogs were seized from Darlene Martin's home.

"A lot of them were long haired Shitszu types, so very, very matted, dirty, lots of fleas, ear infections," said Nancy Benton at the Franklin County Humane Society.

Apparently, that wasn't the first time this had happened. Back in January of 2012, 32 dogs were taken from her home, making a grand total of 66 dogs moved into the care of the Franklin County Humane Society.

"In a year and a half that is a lot of dogs for one person," Benton said.

But it wasn't until Animal Control officers seized the dogs this July, did they realize Martin had never been served for the old case back in 2012. While she never violated the law for owning all the dogs in July, the conditions they were living in were reportedly disgusting. Now she is involved in 2 animal cruelty cases, instead of one.

Until both are over, the cute little guys are stuck in cages at the Humane Society which is already at maximum capacity due to other cases like this.

"It is hard on the animals, obviously, be contained so long and it is hard on us. It taps our resources and takes up a lot space, space that could be used for adoptable animals," Benton said.

Darlene Martin will be in court September 17 for a pre-trial conference on both animal cruelty cases.

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