Columbia woman charged with animal abuse after four dogs removed from home
COLUMBIA - Prosecutors filed charges Wednesday against a woman after she reportedly kept four dogs in crates for long periods of time with no water or food.
Charlotte Kerr, 70, faces four felony counts of animal abuse and one misdemeanor count of animal abuse. According to court documents, the abuse happened between June 28 and August 7.
The probable cause statement said a woman called Columbia Animal Control to report a dog Kerr had been caring for on behalf of the woman's friend died. Kerr apparently told the owner she found the dog, a two-year-old Gordon Setter named Coal, dead on July 13, and left the dog's body in the crate until it could be retrieved.
The owner decided to have a necropsy done to figure out how the dog died. The results suggested Coal died of starvation and emaciation.
When an animal control officer went to Kerr's home, she found and removed four dogs, including three Gordon Setters and one English Setter. The control officer said in her report the English Setter, a 5-year-old named Devon, was in a crate too small for her size. He had no food or water, and was covered in urine and feces, and in some spots urine scalding had led to open wounds. At the Central Missouri Humane Society, workers treated Devon for parasites, infection and conjunctivitis.
The Gordon Setters, according to the report, were in similarly too-small cages with no food or water, their fur matted and covered in urine and feces. The dogs - Maddie, Jos Stone and Jewels - were treated at the Humane Society for parasites and conjunctivitis.
Each of the felonies Kerr faces carry a sentence of up to four years in prison. The misdemeanor is punishable by a fine and up to a year in jail.