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Wittmann woman charged with animal abuse

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A Wittmann woman, given six months to better care for her 14 dogs, was arrested Wednesday on animal abuse charges, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said.

Charlene Scott was also charged with failure to provide necessary medical attention when she was booked into jail.

Officers with MCSO's Animal Crimes Unit found one dead dog on the property and seized 14 others. They included three female adult dogs, two male adult dogs and nine puppies. 

Between Sept. 21, 2011 and March 28, 2012, Animal Crimes Unit officers had responded to Scott's home in connection with neglected dogs. The dogs were reportedly suffering from chronic tick infestation, causing hair loss and inflammation of the skin.

MCSO authorities said Scott had failed to medically treat the animals, prolonging their suffering.

She had received recommendations how to look after the dogs over the past several months, but Scott had shown the inability to properly care for the animals, MCSO investigators said.

A search warrant was granted on Wednesday after finding a 3- to 4-month-old puppy in need of emergency medical treatment.

When deputies arrived at her home to execute the search warrant, Scott appeared and was arrested. 

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