WASHINGTON — A woman will face misdemeanor animal cruelty charges after rescue workers discovered seven dogs inside her D.C. kept in unsanitary conditions and left for days to fend for themselves.

Officers arrested Deborah Chandler of Washington D.C. Tuesday morning on charges of misdemeanor animal cruelty. 

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Humane Rescue Alliance

Back in February, humane law enforcement officers responded to the report of dogs barking inside of Chandler’s Northwest D.C. home.

Dogs seized from NorthWest DC home
Humane Rescue Alliance

When they got inside, they found seven small mixed breed dogs in extremely unsanitary conditions. There were large amounts of feces and urine inside of the home, officials said. 

The investigation revealed that the dogs had been left alone in the home for at least four days.

“Neglecting your pet is a crime,” said Chris Schindler, Vice President of Field Services at HRA. “Keeping dogs in unsanitary conditions and leaving them alone for several days without food or water constitutes cruelty.”

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Humane Rescue Alliance

The dogs remain in the care of the Humane Rescue Alliance, an animal protection group in D.C.