Husband, wife face 133 counts each in animal case

A Douglas County husband and wife face 133 counts each for allegedly allowing more than 50 animals to live in deplorable conditions, the county’s animal services director said Thursday.

A tip from neighbors led investigators last week to a Brown Street home, where they located 21 dogs, six cats, 27 birds and a ferret. The animals apparently lived in the house, but the couple had another residence.

“We drove up to the property, and immediately, the smell of ammonia was overwhelming,” Bill Peacock, Douglas County animal services director, previously said.

All of the animals are in good shape and being cared for at the county’s animal shelter, where they will stay until the owners release the animals to the shelter or a judge rules on the matter, Peacock said.

Peacock declined to identify the couple, but said the woman had a prior animal cruelty charge and was arrested Saturday for violating her probation, which prohibited her from being around animals. She must now spend 30 days in jail, Peacock said.

The couple’s next court appearance is April 10.