Clermont Co. woman accused of animal cruelty facing 11 new charges

Woman facing 11 charges in hoarding case pleads not guilty

CINCINNATI (FOX19) - A woman accused of cruelty after sheriff’s deputies found dozens of neglected animals at a home in Clermont County is now facing 11 new charges.

The attorney for Carolyn Fluhart, 68, entered a not guilty plea on her behalf on Jan. 15 to charges of cruelty to a companion animal.

When Fluhart returned to court on Feb. 18, she was charged with an addition 11 counts.

An estimated 50 animals, including two dead dogs, were found in various locations within and outside of the home in Bethel on Jan. 4.

Officials say they found 21 German shepherds, six horses, 20 cats, and several ferrets and guinea pigs on the property in Bethel. The animals were reportedly emaciated, some in cages and many living in their waste.

Fluhart reportedly could face charges arising from each instance of animal abuse, but animal advocates say right now they’re focusing on the most serious charges involving the 11 dogs found in her basement.

“We want justice for these dogs," Clermont County Animal Care Program Director Meaghan Coleville said. "(...)The fact that two of them were dead and we didn’t get there in time. It really stuck with us. We just want to make sure these animals get justice and that the people who lived in this home can’t do this again to any more animals.”

Fluhart was released on her own recognizance and faces a $25,000 bond if she doesn’t appear in court.

Coleville says she could still face additional charges and that her husband could be charged as well.

She is due back in court on March 10.

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