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UPDATE: Onalaska mother-daughter in animal cruelty case back in court

Pair initially charged with animal mistreatment

Onalaska mother-daughter appear in...

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WKBT) - UPDATE: March 29, 2017

Linda West, 74, made an appearance in court Wednesday for bail jumping. Probable cause was found and she is bound over for trial. West plead not guilty.

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An Onalaska mother and daughter accused of animal mistreatment and child neglect in October are back in court.

Linda West, 74, and her daughter Carol Jean West, 37, were arrested Monday in violation of their bond agreement. As part of the agreement, the women were not allowed to purchase or keep domestic animals.

The women broke their bond by keeping a cat, a dog and six sheep on their property.

The two are already charged with 29 crimes each, including two counts of child neglect and six counts of mistreatment of animals causing death, stemming from their arrests last year.

County deputies say they found nearly 60 animals living in unsanitary conditions with little food or water in October 2016 on their Onalaska property.

 

Carol West's 11- and 8-year-old children also lived in the home. Investigators describe being overwhelmed by foul odors, including feces and urine, and were forced to use gas masks when entering the home.

Their trial on the original charges is set for late September.

The women each face a felony bail jumping charge with this latest arrest.

They were released from jail Tuesday on $1,000 signature bonds.


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