Tyaskin woman charged with animal cruelty
TYASKIN, Md. – A Tyaskin woman is facing nearly 80 charges after she was found neglecting animals at her home over the weekend.
Shortly before 10 a.m. Saturday, a deputy with the Wicomico County Sheriff’s Office responded to a home in the 4000 block of Jesterville Road for a report of animals being neglected. On arrival, the deputy heard what sounded like numerous dogs barking inside the home, along with a strong odor of feces and urine coming from inside. The deputy then made contact with the resident, 21-year-old Madison Schultz.
Further investigation revealed that a total of fourteen dogs and three cats were inside the home, defecating at will throughout the inside of the home. It was then learned that the animals were malnourished and had not been provided food or water in at least a week. In addition, the house was infested with fleas.
During the inspection of the home, the remains of two dogs were found in the back yard, which Schultz claimed were killed as a result of being attacked by another dog on the same property.
Wicomico County Animal Control removed the dogs and cats, as well as two reptiles from the property. Schultz was arrested and a total of 79 criminal charges have been brought against her, including aggravated animal cruelty, failure to confine a dangerous dog, animal cruelty – failure to provide veterinary care, failure to provide nutritious food, failure to provide sustenance, and cause unnecessary suffering or pain.
Schultz was later released on an unsecured bond.