Woman faces animal cruelty charges in puppy mill case
A woman is facing charges of cruelty to animals after a second puppy mill was found earlier this week in Montgomery County where hundreds of German shepherds were rescued from the .43 acre property at 300 Marlon Drive near Vidalia.
Citizens in Candler County contacted Sheriff John Miles Wednesday, Jan. 2 in reference to possible animal cruelty on Donnell Road. Miles called in investigators and a search warrant was executed on the property, according to a release.
Investigators say they discovered numerous dogs in pens under "deplorable conditions." Miles requested assistance from the Atlanta Humane Society's Animal Cruelty Unit.
Evidence of cruelty to animals was discovered at the site. Deputies say 167 dogs were discovered on site. Out of those dogs, 163 were placed with rescues, three were humanly euthanized and one escaped from a rescue unit.
Angela Felinda Powell was arrested and charged with aggravated cruelty to animals. The site and animals were processed by investigators through Sunday, Jan. 6, according to the release.
Investigators say the case is still very much an active investigation and fully anticipate additional charges.
"This is the worst incident of cruelty to animals in this county in recent memory," said Miles. "These dogs were living in mud, urine and feces. I sincerely appreciate the effort that everyone involved put forth into investigating the case and getting these animals the care that they needed."