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Woman Charged with Animal Cruelty, Animals Removed from Home

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JACKSON COUNTY, Mo. — A Jackson County woman is being charged with animal cruelty. Deputies were called to the home near I-435 and Truman Road for unsanitary conditions.

Prosecutors have charged 55-year-old Shirley Lafferty with 16 counts of animal cruelty as well as unlawfully owning more than three cats or dogs, unlawfully permitting animal waste matter collect and creating a public nuisance.

Investigators could smell the pungent odor of what was believed to be feces from a nearby home. Detectives found several dogs, cats and turtles at the home. Animal Control had to remove the animals and take them to Wayside Waifs.

One animal was euthanized for medical problems that went untreated. The other animals remain at the shelter. It’s unknown what condition they’re in.

Lafferty is currently being held at the Jackson County Detention Center. The woman reportedly advertised herself as an owner of a licensed animal rescue entity named “Black Dog Rescue”.  Investigators have proved this entity to be unlicensed.  In addition, it has been reported that this unlicensed entity has sold animals under the name of Black Dog Rescue at several large chain businesses.

Police are asking anyone with information on where these animals have been sold or are being advertised for sale, please contact Detective Penny Cole at 816-524-4302.

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