EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV) – An Edwardsville faces charges after 59 animals were removed from her upscale home on Monday.
Shawn Scherer was charged Friday with two counts of cruelty to animals.
Police said officers removed 56 cats and three dogs from the home. According to police, Scherer kept the animals in overcrowded and dirty conditions, which resulted in some of them getting respiratory infections and other untreated illnesses.
Authorities said the conditions of the animals varied, but at least one dog and one cat had to be put down. The Metro East Humane Society says the shelter is now full, but they do not euthanize animals unless they are extremely aggressive or ill.
“Some very emaciated kittens; we assume they were fighting for their food and loosing that fight,” said Metro East Humane Society Director Kathy Turner. “Upper respiratory illness in a lot of the animals, and others that are perfectly healthy.”
Police said neighbors had made up to 11 complaints about the property since 2009. City Administrator Bennet Dickmann said the city was aware of the issues and initially asked to inspect the home - but the woman who lived there wouldn’t allow anyone inside.
Scherer was expected to turn herself into authorities.
If found guilty, she faces up to two years in jail, 48 months probation and a $2,500 fine. Her bond was set at $3,000.