Judge: Dog cruelty case can proceed

Anthony Skeens, The Triplicate

A judge has ruled that prosecutors can proceed with charges of animal cruelty against a local woman.

Judge William Follett ruled Tuesday during a preliminary hearing there was enough evidence to charge Susan A. White with 10 counts of animal cruelty.

The charges stem from an April arrest after authorities said they found 11 dogs wearing diapers in cages caked with feces during a search of a motor home in the driveway of her residence at 344 N. Pebble Beach Drive.

The search came as a result of several formal and informal public nuisance complaints, authorities said.

The motor home was filled with heaps of trash, feces covered the floor, and there was rotten fruit and a soiled mattress, authorities said. The motor home did not appear to be well ventilated, they said.

White had been barred from living in the motor home following an abatement hearing earlier in the year after she told the county hearings officer her house was uninhabitable, authorities said.

Authorities said they found boxes filling the house as well as its garage and a detached structure.

White will be arraigned on the formal charges at 8:30 a.m. today.

Reach Anthony Skeens at askeens@triplicate.com .

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