Delaware Animal Care and Control (DEACC) officers charged 62-year-old Mary Carey of Milford with 13 Counts of Misdemeanor Animal Cruelty and 80 Animal Husbandry type charges. DEACC officials received a call on January 14 from a property owner on Coastal Highway in Milford in regards to multiple dogs being housed on Ms. Carey’s property that did not belong to her.
Major Corporal Lewis of DEACC responded to the call and found several dogs being housed in travel carriers. In total there were 25 small, medium and large breed dogs involved which included 15 Papillions, 1 Border Collie Beagle Mix, 1 American Eskimo, 2 Dachshunds, 2 Shih-Tzu’s, 1 Beagles and 3 Labrador mixes.
Officer Lewis reported that each travel carrier housed two dogs that were without food, water or any type of bedding. All of the dogs were shivering in the cold during the initial investigation of the property.
Each of the dogs was removed from the property and transported to Kent County SPCA for medical evaluation. The initial report stated that the majority of dogs were dehydrated and over half were very thin and in need of medical attention.
“Once the dogs were removed we were able to see that a number of the dogs were matted with feces, emaciated and were in need of immediate medical attention,” stated Supervising Officer Major Brian Whipple.
The owner of the property was then identified as Mary Carey, formerly of 24784 BakerField Road in Milford, DE. Ms. Carey was arraigned on January 18 at the Justice of the Peace Court 3 and released on $9,300 bond. Carey was ordered not to own or posses any animals until after the case was heard in the Court of Common Pleas.
Kent County SPCA is providing shelter for all 25 dogs involved in this case and will ensure that each animal will receive needed medical care, grooming, spay and neutering and any update on shots before they are eligible for adoption. The involved dogs will not be up for adoption, however, until the case has gone through the court system.
Officials at the Kent County SPCA are urging individuals to make donations including bedding, food and monetary gifts to help with the care and treatment of these abused animals. Thousands of dollars will be spent to treat and care for the involved dogs until the are available for adoption. Donations can be made by calling Kent County SPCA at 302-698-3006 or visiting their website at www.kcspca.org. Local donations can also be dropped off at Fur-Baby Boutique, located on 8 South Walnut Street in downtown Milford, and in the main office of Milford Middle School.