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16 more decomposed dogs found on same property where 11 others were found last week

Dogs found alive to be released to rightful owners
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Posted at 5:01 PM, Apr 09, 2019

HAMPSTEAD, Md. — The carnage continued to unfurl in Hampstead as 16 additional dead dogs have been found on the property of a sewage infested home where just days ago dozens of more dogs were recovered.

The Carroll County Humane Society says a search warrant was executed on Monday at the home in the 4300 block of Black Rock Road.

Officials located an additional 15 dogs deceased in a locked shed in the yard, and another deceased dog inside the residence.

All of the dogs were reportedly in varying stages of decomposition.

Authorities initially responded to the residence last Friday after receiving a call to check on the animals' well being.

Upon entering the home, officials found 11 deceased dogs and 27 that were still alive.

Prosecutors have since charged 49-year-old John J. Roberts and Laura S. Filler, 55, with more than 50 counts of animal cruelty charges.

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The Humane Society discovered that some of the dogs found alive were microchipped. Officials will begin releasing some of them to their original, proven owners, starting on Wednesday.

Out of those dogs, 20 are Dalmatians, five are Golden Retrievers and two are English Setters. The dogs have reportedly all been evaluated by a veterinarian and are doing well at the Carroll County Humane Society.

Roberts and Filler are scheduled for a preliminary hearing on May 3, at 8:45 a.m. at the Carroll County District Court, followed by a June 5 trial.