Woman Arrested After Dogs Found in Feces-Filled Home

Seventeen dogs rescued, another 15 carcasses found in a freezer, authorities say

Wednesday, Mar 9, 2011  |  Updated 7:27 PM CDT
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Woman Arrested After Dogs Found in Feces-Filled Home

Vicki Moon

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A woman accused of animal neglect turned herself in to police Wednesday, a week after animal control rescued more than a dozen dogs from her northwest Indiana house.

ChicagoBreakingNews.com reported that Vicki Moon was later released on $1,000 bond.

Moon’s neighbors outside Lowell, Ind., had been calling authorities for years, complaining of a stench coming from her house. Police finally started investigating earlier this year and launched a raid last week, wearing hazmat suits as they searched the home.

Amid piles of feces more than a foot thick in some areas, Lake County Sheriff’s police said they found 17 dogs, sick but alive.  They also found a deep-freeze filled with the bodies of cats and dogs.

Neighbors said Moon had been living in her car, possibly to avoid the very stench that prompted their calls.

A detective said Moon has been cooperating with police.

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