Woman charged after dead dog and emaciated horse found in Hanover Twp.

A Hanover Twp. woman is facing felony and misdemeanor animal cruelty charges after a dead dog and an emaciated horse were found at her residence, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.

Katie Still, 31, was charged Monday when county deputy dog wardens conducted a welfare check on property in the 6000 block of Oxford Milford Road and found a decomposing dog’s body in a wire cage and the “severely” emaciated horse, according to the sheriff’s office and court reports.

Still was charged with one count of prohibitions concerning companion animals, a fifth-degree felony and cruelty to animals, a second-degree misdemeanor. She was booked into the Butler County Jail but posted $3,500 bond, 10 percent rule, after video arraignment Tuesday.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled today for Still in Butler County Area I Court.

Still, who deputies say is the owner of the animals, showed up about 1 p.m. and told the deputy dog wardens she had not been out to the property to care for the animals in at least a week and the animals had not been checked on or fed, according to court records.

“One deceased canine was located locked in a wire crate in a shed. There was no food or shelter from the elements. The crate had barely enough room for the dog to lay. It was on its side and far into decomposition. The condition of the dog appeared as if it has been starved to death,” investigators wrote in the the court complaint.

A horse on the property was “severely emaciated ... unstable and skin and bones and had obviously not been fed on a regular bases,” according to the court complaint.

Deputy dog wardens also took possession a pig and additional dogs due to their condition. The investigation is ongoing and more charges are possible, according to the sheriff’s office.

“Cruelty to animals isn’t tolerated in this county. If you fail to care for your animals, either find someone who will, or we will find a new home for you in jail,” said Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones.

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