Woman Charged with 47 Counts of Animal Cruelty...


According to Sheriff Jeff Shaver, Cherokee County Sheriff's Office investigators arrested 47 year-old, Ruth P. Staggs of Centre, for 47 counts of cruelty to animals. Deputies were dispatched to a residence on County Road 793 in the Rock Run Community on Tuesday afternoon to conduct a welfare check on a lady.  Upon their arrival, they discovered multiple animals, including dogs, rabbits, and turtles, that appeared to be malnourished and neglected.  Several animals were found to be deceased. Cherokee County Animal Control was called to the scene to assist in retrieving the animals and placing them in shelter. Sheriff's Office investigators were called to the scene and are continuing to investigate the matter.