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Accused animal hoarder now facing charges in Charlotte County

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Posted at 1:53 PM, Nov 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-15 13:53:08-05

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. -- The State Attorney's Office has filed numerous animal cruelty charges against a Port Charlotte woman whose home was found to contain 72 neglected animals earlier this year.

35-year-old Elizabeth Smock now faces three felony Cruelty to Animals charges, six misdemeanor Cruelty to Animals charges, and six misdemeanor charges of Confinement/Abandonment of Animals.

Back in April, deputies with the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office removed 72 animals from Smock's Sunnyside Street home, where she says she was operating an animal shelter.

Animal Control Officers say they found the floors of the house covered in urine and feces.

The animal’s health issues ranged from significant to critical. Most of the animals were taken to the Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County.