The owner of a pet adoption business in Plainville turned herself in on animal cruelty charges.
Police said 57-year-old Meda Talley, owner of the Almost Home business on East Street, was charged with 24 counts of animal cruelty on Monday.
Investigators said they began investigating Talley in July and executed search and seizure warrants in early December.
Police said they received complaints that animals in Talley's business were not cared for properly.
They said 45 animals, including cats and dogs, were being kept in a two-bay garage. Some were in cages for up to 23 hours per day. Some of those cages were not cleaned properly and some were too small.
The food bowls were dirty and water bowls were empty, and the worse of it was the deteriorating health of some of the dogs and cats.
"One of the cats appeared to have a stick embedded in its tail, later this was discovered to be the cat's tailbone," court documents said.
Investigators said they found urine on the floors and no air flow.
According to court documents, a local veterinarian told police "31 of the 43 cats and dogs had fleas, one cats was diabetic and not controlled, and 55 percent of the dogs had medical conditions that required treatment but only one was admitted to the hospital. Four out of the 45 animals were taken to the vet."
Police believed there were simply too many animals and Talley became overwhelmed.
They said she was released on a non-surety bond and is scheduled to appear in court on March 7.
In the meantime, the animals are being treated and are at another facility.
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