A Georgia woman was arrested this week after authorities found more than 100 dead dogs and cats on her property, which had served as a foster home for animals for years.
Terri Lynn Taylor, who had long worked with different animal organizations, was charged with aggravated cruelty to animals following a lengthy investigation into the alleged abuse, according to the Bacon County Sheriff’s Office. The agency recently teamed up with one of those groups, New York-based Guardians of Rescue, to investigate the woman.
Deputies eventually went to Taylor’s property in Alma, about 100 miles west of Savannah, and made the horrific discovery. They found the bodies of 64 cats and 43 dogs as well as 20 live dogs and two live cats, authorities said.
Nine of the dogs who survived the abuse remained hospitalized Thursday, with three of them in critical condition, Guardians of Rescue said in a tweet. The group will be taking care of the live animals as the criminal case continues.
Sheriff Andy Batten said there was no obvious sign that the suspect was mistreating or even caring for the many animals on her property.
“Riding by the property, you couldn’t see the dogs,” he told local news station WTOC. “You wouldn’t know they were there. To my knowledge, I didn’t know that she was a fosterer or rescue worker.”
Authorities said the investigation is ongoing and may lead to additional charges.