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Thirty more dogs were removed Saturday from the Kinsman home of Kathy Witzman. The dogs taken were found inside the residence.
More than 100 dogs, two horses, and dozens of ducks ,chickens and cats were taken from the property on State Route 87 in Gustavus township Friday.
Witzman runs what she calls the Humane Sanctuary, but over the years, officials with the Animal Welfare League of Trumbull County said it grew out of control.
"I'm sure that initially her desire was to help animals, but it just got out of hand," said Detective Harold Firster, Trumbull County Sheriff's office.
After an investigation and two weeks of planning, 30 volunteers, including five veterinarians, began a rescue operation early Friday, which continued for most of the day. Sheriff's deputies arrested Witzman on animal cruelty charges and transported her 97-year-old mother to Trumbull Memorial Hospital.
Sheriff's deputies and fire crews said the house is deplorable and its conditions are some of the worst they've seen.
"The dog feces had caked the floor almost like a carpet," Firster said, "and the smell of ammonia was so pungent that it was very difficult getting the 97-year-old mother out of the house."
Officials said some of the animals are visibly suffering from skin disease and mange, while several week-old puppies are clinging to life after they were hidden in a barn.
"Others, when you look at them you can tell they're malnourished," said Barbara Busko, Animal Welfare League.
Witzman was previously charged with open burning back in 2007, after she allegedly burned several dead animals.
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Trumbull County Sheriff's Office officials, as well as members of the Animal Welfare League, knew it was going to be difficult to handle all of the animals they rescued from a home in Gustavus Friday.
But even they were surprised with some of the conditions they encountered at Kathy Witzman's house.
"We found a container just about filled with animal carcasses," said sheriff's Dep. Harold Firster.
Because of the carcasses being found on the property, sheriff's officials are filing a felony open dumping charge on Witzman, who is already facing numerous charges of animal cruelty.
The more than 160 animals found at Witzman's home are now being housed in a temporary shelter provided by the Animal Welfare League.
Except for a few stray cats, no other animals are on the property. Witzman has been released from jail and is expected in court Thursday.
Officials also removed Witzman's elderly mother from the house and took her to a hospital for evaluation. Barb Busko, of the Animal Welfare League, said conditions inside the home Where Witzman and her mother lived were extremely poor.
"Deplorable conditions, filth, feces and animals living in there including two dead dogs that the others dogs were feeding off of because they were hungry," said Busko.
Some of the dogs are in poor health. One dog has died and another is not doing well.
Anyone willing to help the welfare league house some of the animals temporarily is asked to call the shelter at 330-394-4122.