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Public burial to be held for 27 dogs found dead inside Hampstead home

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Posted at 7:27 PM, Jun 03, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-04 08:42:52-04

REISTERSTOWN, Md. — A funeral will be held on Thursday in Reisterstown for the 27 dogs found dead in April at a Hampstead home.

11 of the dogs were found deceased on April 5, inside of 4302 Black Rock Road, where 49-year-old John J. Roberts and 55-year-old Laura S. Filler had been illegally running a breeding operation.

RELATED: 11 dogs found dead inside Carroll County home

Four days later, 16 more decomposed dogs were found on the same property.

Another 27 dogs were found alive in deplorable conditions.

Prosecutors have since charged Roberts and Filler with more than 100 counts of animal cruelty.

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

Some of the dogs found alive happened to be micro chipped and have been reunited with their rightful owners.

The cremated ashes of the deceased dogs will be buried beginning at 10 a.m. at Baltimore Humane Society Memorial Park at 1601 Nicodemus Road. The ceremony is open to the public.

According to online court records, Filler is expected to go on trial July 9 at the Carroll County Circuit Court in Westminster, while Roberts is scheduled for an initial court appearance the day after the funeral.