Animal rescue operators charged after more than 140 dogs die

Posted at 10:07 AM, Sep 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-09-24 11:07:01-04

COLE CAMP, Mo. (AP) - A couple who operated an animal rescue face multiple charges after 120 dogs and a cat were found dead in Missouri and about two dozen more dogs died in Texas. More than 200 other animals were rescued from conditions that law enforcement described as "inhumane and unimaginable."

Forty-nine-year-old Tiffany Woodington, was charged Friday in Missouri with 10 counts of felony animal abuse and two misdemeanor counts of animal abuse. Her husband, Steven Woodington, was charged Thursday in Texas with animal cruelty. A second man described as the caretaker also was charged in Texas with animal cruelty. All three are free on bond.

The Benton County, Missouri, Sheriff's Office said in a Facebook post that the couple operated the nonprofit group All Accounted For, which brought animals from Texas to Missouri.