published Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Woman jailed for animal cruelty after abandoning pets; seven dead

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A 60-year-old woman was charged with seven counts of aggravated animal cruelty after she neglected to care for seven dogs and 12 cats inside her residence at 6510 Fox Den Lane, according to an affidavit.

Elizabeth Ehmling had her bond set at $700 on Tuesday after authorities responded to her residence last week, according to bond documents.

Five cats and two dogs were found dead at the home. The animals had no access to food or way to exit the residence, according to the affidavit.

Neighbors told police Ehmling left her home five years ago but continued to pay taxes and utilities. From time to time, someone would come by and cut the grass.

Inside the residence, animal waste was inches deep on the floor and, in the kitchen, the head of a large dog was found in the middle of the floor, the affidavit said. Upstairs, a room with penned in with gates, a second dog carcass was found in the bed, according to the affidavit.

Four cat carcasses were found in the basement and a kitten was found in a carrier upstairs.

Ehmling posted bond. Her next court date is set for June 21 before Hamilton County General Sessions Court Judge David Norton.

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