Jacksonville woman charged with animal cruelty after several dogs found emaciated

Jacksonville — A Jacksonville woman is facing several charges of animal cruelty after police found 8 abused dogs at her home.

According to a report from Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Susann Seeber was pulled over for a suspicion of a stolen car. Police  say they had previously spoken with Seeber’s neighbors who expressed concern for the animals that lived at the home.

As police arrested Seeber for the alleged car theft, she was asked about the animals at the house.   She agreed to call for someone to care for the dogs in her absence and let police inside of her home.

The report says once inside, police saw eight severely emaciated St. Bernard dogs and called Animal Control. The eight dogs were very sick and a puppy appeared on the verge of death.

According to the report, “there was an excessive foul odor of urine” and there was excess feces in the small warehouse where the dogs were kept.  Officials did not see any food or water for the animals.

One of the dogs was tethered by cable with duct tape on its legs. Seeber said the dog was bit by a spider. A St. Bernard puppy was found laying unresponsive on the bed. Animal control said the puppy appeared to be having seizures.

Seeber told Animal Control officers she had not attempted to get medical treatment for any of the animals.  The report reads, that Animal Control decided to confiscate the animals. Seeber willingly agreed to surrender all of the dogs.

According to JSO, the animals where transported to Animal Control Protective Services where a veterinarian made the decision to ‘humanely euthanize the puppy.’

Seeber is charged with 16 counts related to animal cruelty.

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