Yavapai County Woman Arrested For Neglect, Abuse Of Over 50 Animals

Stacy Hembree residence. [Photo courtesy Yavapai County Sheriff's Office]

CORDES LAKES — A Cordes Lakes resident, Stacy Hembree has been arrested for neglecting over four dozen animals at her home. The Sheriff’s Office found dogs, cats, rabbits and guinea pigs strewn in the common areas of her home.

Animal control officers described “cruel, deplorable, horrifying, shocking and very disheartening” conditions at the home of the 50-year-old Hembree.

Hembree had recently moved into the home after being evicted from her previous residence due to “issues involving animal abuse,” according to the Sheriff’s Office.

“None of the dogs had water and no food was present in any of the kennels/cages,” the sheriff’s office wrote in a news release. “The animals were eating food laced with feces and urine that had dropped on the floor. Additional cages/kennels were found in a back bedroom in the same conditions.”

A total of 54 animals, 28 cats, 20 dogs, four guinea pigs and two rabbits, were removed from the home and taken to the local humane society. Two dead cats and a dead guinea pig were found during the investigation.

Hembree was arrested on charges of animal cruelty and animal cruelty involving serious injury.

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