Cherokee County woman charged with animal cruelty

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A Center woman is arrested after authorities found dozens of animals, some dead and some alive, at her home.

47-year-old Ruth Staggs is charged with 47 counts of cruelty to animals. Deputies did a welfare check on Staggs’ mom yesterday. That’s when they found a large number of animals both inside and outside of the home.

Investigators found two dead turtles, five cats, and 40 dogs. At least one of the dogs was dead. The Cherokee County Animal Shelter later took possession of the animals.

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