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Medford Woman Charged For Animal Neglect


A 29 year old Medford woman is facing a criminal complaint after she allegedly moved out of a house and left her pets behind.  The Taylor County Sheriff’s department was notified by a Medford neighbor that a dog was continually barking inside the house next door, but that no one appeared to be living there.  Officers responded and saw the dog peering out of a window.  While they were at the Maple Street house the renter, identified as Callie Neuman drove by.  Officers stopped Neuman and she ultimately gave permission to enter the home.  In the criminal complaint Officer Lisa Kauffman wrote that the whole floor was covered with excrement and the smell was overwhelming. 


The rental home is now due for a major cleanup as the Health Department declared the place as not habitable for human living and that measures need to be taken to make it fit for human living.


Neuman told officers that she had left food and water for her 2 cats and dog before she moved in with her boyfriend.  She said he is not allowed to have pets and she just didn’t have the time to take better care of her pets.


District Attorney Kristi Tlusty has charged Callie Neuman with 3 counts of “Fail to provide proper food and drink to confined animals” which are Class A Misdemeanors.  If found guilty, each count could entail a fine of up to $10,000, or imprisonment of up to 9 months or both.



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