LC woman charged with 18 counts of animal cruelty


At least 130 animals living in filthy, cramped conditions were confiscated Thursday afternoon from an animal hoarder following an investigation into alleged animal abuse in the Frankewing area.

Several agencies, including the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department, Giles County Sheriff’s Department, Tennessee State Veterinary Office, Humane Society of Lincoln County, Giles County Humane Society, Nashville Humane Society and Horses plus Humane Association met at 10 McCaylea Lane, where they observed a grizzly scene.

 Bones, decayed and dead animals lay outside the home, along with numerous unkempt live domestic animals.  Indoors, the home was packed with animals and six exotic birds.

 “The smell was terrible,” said Sheriff Murray Blackwelder of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department.

Agencies were on the premises for hours removing the animals.  Livestock, including full sized horses, mini horses, cows, pigs, sheep, goats and geese, turtles, lizards and dogs were among the animals seized.

Even though the property consisted of about 70 acres, the animals were confined close to the house.

Laura Anne Lifer, 60, was charged with 18 counts of animal cruelty.  “There were 18 species of animals,” Sheriff Blackwelder said.

The Humane Society of Lincoln County took 15 dogs, but they will not be ready for adoption for one week. 

Another 26 dogs were seized from Lifer’s grooming and boarding business in Pulaski, “Aunt Laura’s Grooming”, by the Giles County Animal Control. She was released from the Lincoln County Jail on $36,000 bond.

Donations to help care for the rescued dogs locally may be made to the Humane Soceity of Lincoln County, P.O. Box 37, Fayetteville, TN 37334.

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