SARDINIA, OH (FOX19) - A Brown County woman who is facing charges after dozens of dogs were found in a freezer was in court Wednesday.
Teri Lea Hamilton appeared without a lawyer, so the judge ordered a $5,000 bond and continued the case until Nov. 3.
Brown Co. Humane Society volunteers said dozens of dogs were living alone inside a vacant house off Tri County Highway. Authorities said they rescued 39 living dogs, including 36 Chihuahuas, and 25 to 50 more dog bodies found stuffed in a freezer.
Hamilton and her husband, Richard Curtis Hamilton, lived at the home, but moved out a few months ago and left the dogs behind.
Tri-State County Animal Response Teams (CART) had made plans to get the dogs spayed/neutered on Tuesday through a generous donation by the League for Animal Welfare, but those plans are now on hold.
A veterinarian has made trips to the secret temporary shelter to check on the dogs.
CART officials say dogs will not be up for adoption unless there is a ruling from the judge or Hamilton relinquishes the dogs.