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Couple arrested in reference to 11 dead dogs found in Carroll County home

Posted at 8:03 PM, Apr 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-07 23:32:34-04

HAMPSTEAD, Md. — Carroll County Sheriff's Office has arrested a couple in reference to the Friday rescue of 27 dogs and to the recovery of 11 dead dogs in a Hampstead home.

SEE ALSO: 11 dogs found dead inside Carroll County home

The couple, 49-year-old John J. Roberts, of Hampstead, and 55-year-old Laura S. Filler, also of Hampstead, were both identified by Carroll County Animal Control and have obtained 51 charges including Animal Cruelty, Aggravated Cruelty and Hazardous Substance/Endanger Pet.

The couple was located and arrested on Saturday in Westminster and are both currently being processed in Central Booking at the Carroll County Detention Center.

"The was one of the most disturbing scenes that many of the first responders have ever seen," said Carroll County Sheriff James T. DeWees. "We are continuing the investigation and are supporting the staff at the Humane Society. This is a stark reminder of the unsung work that our local animal control officers and Humane Society staff do day in and day out. I encourage everyone to support their efforts as they take care of the surviving animals that were removed from the residence."

Animal Control is continuing the investigation, so anyone with information should contact the Humane Society of Carroll County; Animal Control at (410) 848-4810.

Donations to assist in the care and rehabilitation of the rescued dogs can be made through the Humane Society of Carroll County at their website.