Woman charged after 11 dead animals found in foreclosed Lawrenceville home

Valarie Kahn
Valarie Kahn

Credit: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office

Credit: Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office

A woman is facing 11 charges of aggravated animal cruelty after authorities said she abandoned a slew of dogs and cats inside a home after she was evicted.

A man bought the Lawrenceville home on Wildflower Lane at an auction at foreclosure, Channel 2 Action News reported. When he opened the front door of the house for the first time Tuesday, he found nine dead cats and two dead dogs inside, the news station reported.

Valarie Kahn, 58, was the previous owner of that home, authorities told Channel 2. A warrant accuses Kahn of tying a dog to the back door with a leash, out of reach of food and water. A second dog was tied to the front door, the warrant said. Two cats were found in a cage in the garage, and seven more were scattered around the house, the news station reported.

It’s unclear how long the animals had been inside the home. Neighbors told Channel 2 that Kahn moved out months ago.

Kahn was booked into the Gwinnett County Jail, where she remains on a $62,700 bond.

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Channel 2's Berndt Petersen reports.