Woman in court after dogs found in freezer

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.

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