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Animals in Kingsburg rescued from filthy conditions, woman faces animal cruelty charges

Feces, trash several inches thick inside home
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Posted at 5:54 AM, Jun 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-19 10:50:39-04

KINGSBURG, Calif. — A Kingsburg woman is behind bars, facing more than a dozen counts of animal cruelty after dogs were found living in filthy conditions. Yvette Martinez faces 16 felony counts of cruelty to animals after a discovery by Kingsburg Police in Fresno County.

According to the Kingsburg Police, residents complained of a foul odor and continuous barking coming from Martinez's home. When officers showed up they found dead cats, animal feces and trash in the backyard. Officers say they found distressed dogs inside the home.

Inside they found 15 dogs without food or water and a dead cat in a bedroom. Police say the floor was covered with animal feces and garbage that was several inches thick.

The dogs were treated by a veterinarian and found to have severe flea infestations and other health issues. They were eventually taken from the home and turned over to the Second Chance Animal Shelter in Selma.

The house has been quarantined and the city is working to condemn the property.