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Accused Animal Hoarder No Longer in Jail

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The Belmont County woman whose 120 animals were seized from her farm early this week is no longer in the county jail.

Officials say Sandra Fanti is now in a residential facility, getting the treatment she needs.
Because of the HIPPA law, they can't say more than that.

The 60 dogs, 40 cats, 14 horses, and several goats and chickens are being kept in a temporary shelter at an undisclosed location, getting food, water and vet care, thanks to the Humane Society of the United States.




The Humane Society, the Belmont County Animal Rescue League and the Belmont County Sheriff's Department raided the farm of an alleged animal hoarder on Springhill Road outside Bellaire on Tuesday.

The woman had a large number of cats, dogs, horses, chickens and goats. The total number of cats was reportedly 88.

Authorities removed the property owner, Sandra Fanti, from the address, 57830 Springhill Road in rural Belmont County.

Authorities say it is a situation they have been watching for years. Tuesday, they found more than 100 malnourished animals on the property.

They are in need of food, water and good care. The Humane Society brought in many trailers, and a truck full of pet carriers. Veterinarians were also brought to the scene. Authorities said the animals will be taken to a safe location where they will be treated, rehabilitated, and eventually adopted out.

Sheriff Dave Lucas said " we don't want to punish the woman, we want to get the animals into a better, healthier, environment.