WC woman charged with animal abuse

A Webster City woman was charged with animal abuse after law enforcement officers investigated a vacant home with three pit bulls inside.

The Webster City Police Department had received several calls in the past month in reference to suspected animal abuse at 509 Water St., according to Police Chief Brian Hughes. Each call was investigated, but officers did not have enough information to take legal action.

On Sunday at 4:07 am, officers received another call from a citizen concerning the status of the animals. Officers responded and observed three pit bull dogs inside the home. Hughes said officers were able to gain access and upon entry were met with a very strong odor of urine and feces. The home was vacant and the floors were covered with garbage, urine and feces.

The animals were transported the Webster City Veterinary Clinic for an evaluation. The department has placed all three animals in protective custody until a hearing can be held to determine if the animals will be released to their owner or placed for adoption.

The owner of the animals, Catherine M. Clifton, 19, of 509 Water St., was charged with animal abuse, an aggravated misdemeanor.