Home Conditions Prompt Animal Cruelty Charges

By: Amelia Nahmias Email
By: Amelia Nahmias Email

HARRISONBURG -- A woman was brought up on animal cruelty charges after calling the police. Authorities showed up because she reported an intruder, just to find out there were other issues.

Mary Smoker wasn't able to keep up with the cleaning in her house.

Smoker owns a grooming business for dogs and cats. Neighbors say they've seen people bringing animals in and out of Smoker's house for years. Neighbors also saw trucks and trailers hauling out trash bags all weekend.

Smoker admitted the mess in her house was out of control, but she said the charges she faces are extreme. She said she would never hurt an animal. Now, she wants her pets back.

"God, I want my cats back. I'm doing everything we can to go by the rules. So pretty much everything in there is done except for the floors. Everything else we took care of," said Smoker.

A judge will decide if and when she can get her cats.

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