Janet Barber

Grove Sun

JAY – A Delaware County woman has been bound over for trial in what investigators are calling the worst case of animal abuse they’ve witnessed.

Susan Davis, 53, of Jay appeared in district court Monday morning in front of Special Judge Alicia Littlefield, accused on 12 felony counts of cruelty to animals.

The state called one witness, Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputy Mark Berry who testified that he was called to 18759 E 440 Rd., Jay on October 30, 2008 where he discovered nine dead dogs and three seriously injured dogs of the approximately 107 dogs on the property.

Deputy Berry testified that the dogs had been without food and little water approximately five days, according to a report filed in the case.

He further testified that the dogs’ coats were matted and other live dogs were eating the carcasses of the dead dogs.

Davis was bound over for trial without taking the witness stand in her defense. She will appear on the Felony Disposition Docket in front of Judge Robert Haney on January 25, 2010 at 10 a.m.

All the live dogs were transported to the Denver Dumb Friends League following the incident in October.