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Pender woman charged with animal cruelty after 170 animals seized

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PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) -- A Pender County woman faces charges weeks after more than 150 animals were taken from her home.

Marilyn Medina, 72, was arrested today and charged with 13 counts of animal cruelty.

Investigators says they rescued 104 dogs, 62 chickens, three calves and one goat from Medina's home on NC 11 in Willard Oct. 9.

Investigators say when they arrived to Medina's home, it was not an easy sight to take, especially because it had just rained.

"The ones that were on the ground had muddy pens. The ones that were inside that had the wood floors in the cages. You know there was feces and everything was wet, the dogs were wet, they smelled," Lt. Keith Ramsey said.

Animal Control had visited the home a few times before to help Medina downsize, but this time, they say, the conditions were much worse.

"This particular time that we went there you know, she had quite a few more dogs than the last time we were there, and the conditions just appeared to be a lot worse," Ramsey said.

Lt. Ramsey says Medina was a breeder in over her head.

"I think that she was just, with everything that was going on, that she just got overwhelmed with the amount of animals that she had," he said.

Ramsey says they did not charge Medina for each animal involved, because it would have been a waste of the court's time. He says when there are that many of the same charge, they would just get reduced anyway.

"Basically what we do is we take the worst of the worst," he said. "The animals that were needing additional medical treatment, you know, we took those."

Medina has been released on a $5,000 unsecured bond. She is due in court Nov. 14.

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