Woman Charged In Pet Hoarding Case
Deputies: Shirley Lafferty’s Home Filthy, Full Of Animals
POSTED: 5:47 pm CDT March 12, 2012
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Jackson County prosecutors have filed 19 charges against a Blue Summit woman whose home was found filthy and full of animals.
Deputies searched Shirley Lafferty’s home in the area of 1600 Will Street last week. Neighbors said they could smell animals and feces from Lafferty’s home from their houses.
Detectives removed the dogs and cats from Lafferty’s home and took them to Wayside Waifs. One of the animals had to be euthanized because of untreated medical problems.
Prosecutors charged Lafferty with 16 counts of animal cruelty and one charge each of unlawfully owning too many pets, unlawfully permitting animal waste matter to collect and creating a public nuisance.
Investigators said Lafferty has advertised herself as a license animal rescuer, but her entity has been tied to animal sales at several large chain businesses.
Anyone with information about Lafferty or Black Dog Rescue is asked to call Detective Penny Cole of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at 816-524-4302.
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