Dogs diagnosed with starvation and dehydration, Burke Co. woman convicted

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Saturday, March 16, 2019

BURKE COUNTY, Ga. (WRDW/WAGT)-- A Burke County woman has been convicted of seven counts of cruelty to animals. After a November welfare check, deputies found nine dogs in need of food and water, in a home which had feces in every room.

On Thursday, Martha Louise Falaro was convicted on charges stemming from November. Judge Jackson Cox sentenced Falaro to:

- 200 hours of community service at Animal Welfare
- $2,700.00 in fines, $16,522.40 in restitution to the county for boarding and medical care of the dogs
-12 months of probation for each count to run consecutive totaling 7 years of probation

Back on November 2, a Burke County Sherriff's sergeant went out to the home on Rackley Road to perform a welfare check on Falaro. No one answered the door but the sergeant saw at least seven dogs through the window, barking. After finding the door was unlocked, the sergeant requested back up.

Crews went into the home and found a total of nine dogs. According to the sheriff's office, the home smelled horrible because of dog feces in every room.

BCSO says based on the conditions, deputies immediately provided food and water. Waynesboro Animal Control took the dogs to the Burke County Animal Hospital where they were all were diagnosed with starvation, parasitism, various degrees of dehydration, and some suffering from emaciation.

One puppy had an old injury to his left eye, leaving the doctor to recommend its removal due to severe damage. Another puppy had a punctured hind leg that became infected. The Animal Hospital says some of the dogs were stunted in their growth due to the poor treatment by the owner.

Old Fella Animal Rescue arranged transportation to the Northeast Animal Shelter of Salem, MA, where the dogs will be taken care of until adoption.