Maryland woman sentenced after 27 dead dogs found at home

WESTMINISTER, Md. — A Maryland woman has been sentenced to prison for animal cruelty charges after 27 dogs were found dead and another 27 were discovered in poor condition inside a home she rented with her husband.

The Carroll County Times reports 56-year-old Laura Filler was sentenced to 33 years Tuesday, with all but seven years suspended.

Filler and her husband were arrested in April 2019 after animal control officers conducted a search of the home.

Her husband, John J. Roberts, was sentenced last year.

The judge says he’ll recommend Filler to a correctional center that serves inmates with mental health issues.

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