The Washington County/Johnson City Animal Shelter is so full officers could not take custody of 35 dogs found living in filthy conditions at a local breeding business.
Barbara Perry Christian, 55, 166 Buttermilk Road, Gray, was issued 70 citations — 35 for animal cruelty and 35 for not having up to date rabies shots for her adult dogs — last week.
The investigation began after Animal Control received an anonymous tip about the problems at Christian’s breeding business, Barbara’s Breeding Palace.
Christian also operates under the business name Schnauzer Land.
Christian is no stranger to Debbie Dobbs, director of the animal shelter.
“We’ve dealt with her in the past,” Dobbs said.
According to a court document filed by Animal Control Officer Andrew Barnett, he inspected Christian’s kennels on Saturday and discovered “there was no rabies shots for at least 35 of the animals 6 months and above. The premises was lacking general maintenance and upkeep of the kennels.”
Barnett also noted that the kennel area smelled “of feces and urine” throughout.
Dobbs said Christian said she’d had health problems and that was why the conditions at her kennels had deteriorated.
Christian did not return a message left on her voice mail by the Press. She is scheduled for a court hearing Dec. 13 in Washington County Sessions Court.
Anyone with information about suspected animal abuse or animal cruelty can report it to the animal shelter at 926-8769.
An earlier version of this story incorrectly stated that 70 dogs were involved.