In a news release, Missouri's Benton County Sheriff's Office stated, "authorities (were led) to an old school bus, a barn and a house where 38 dogs and one cat were discovered alive but in unimaginable condition. It was discovered that approximately 120 dogs and one cat had perished. The animals were in various stages of decay, some were just bones."
The news release states that Woodington and her husband, Steven, were housing 278 dogs in unfit and severely inhumane conditions in Texas and transporting animals to the Cole Camp, MO, location. The authorities have stated that over half of the animals were in such pitiful condition that they would not survive, and would need to be euthanized.
This couple was making money from their rescue operation while allowing countless homeless dogs to suffer and die. These dogs were supposed to be enjoying their second chance at this "rescue," but instead they were stowed away in filthy cages and left to endure slow and agonizing deaths. The Benton County Sheriff’s Office said it found about 120 dead dogs and a dead cat in “various stages of decay, some were just bones” on Sept. 12. Benton County Sheriff Eric Knox said some of the animals died in the same cages, making it difficult to get an exact count.
Now it is time to be their voice.
The Prosecuting attorney charged Tiffany Woodington with 10 Class “E” Felonies and 2 Class “A” misdemeanors resulting in a $100,000 cash or surety bond. Steven Woodington is facing multiple charges for cruelty to non-livestock animals.
Please sign this petition letting officials know that a plea deal is not acceptable - The Woodingtons need to be jailed and banned from ever owning an animal again!
Suspects are presumed innocent until being found guilty in a court of law.
WTOP coverage of the Texas raid here.
USA Today coverage of Benton County, MO, raid here.
Valley Central Fake Rescue coverage here
Update October 27/2020: Read our letter to prosecutor Vanessa Gonzalez
Update October 2020: Tiffany and Steven Woodington have an Oct. 23 discovery hearing and an Oct. 28 announcement hearing. Please continue to sign and share this petition!