Woman charged with several counts of animal cruelty in Burke county

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Martha Louise Falaro of the 400 block of Rockley Road in Waynesboro was convicted on seven counts of animal cruelty on Thursday night. 

Seargent Anthony Bennerman was dispatched to Falaro’s home on November 2, 2018 for a welfare check. When he arrived, he found nine dogs in poor living conditions. Srgt. Bennerman fed the dogs food, treats, and water that he keeps in his patrol car. 

Burke County Animal Services and an animal control unit from Waynesboro went to the residence and rescued the nine dogs. All nine dogs were diagnosed with starvation, parasitism, various degrees of dehydration, and some suffering from emaciation. One of the puppies had an old untreated injury to his left eye causing it to be removed. Another puppy had a punctured hind leg that became infected and needed immediate treatment. The dogs were all stunted in growth from the mistreatment. 

November 3, 2018 Burke County Sheriff’s Office and Burke County Animal Control Director met with Falaro to complete the investigation. There were 9 warrants secured for her arrest. 

After a four-hour trial on March 14, 2019, Falaro was convicted on seven counts of Cruelty to animals. She was sentenced to 200 hours of community service at Animal Welfare, $2,700.00 in fines, $16,522.40 in restitution to the county for boarding and medical care of the nine dogs. She was also given seven years of probation. The dogs were forfeited to the county. 

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