Nelson - who previously operated Noah's Friends Animal Sanctuary in Orange
Cove, California - is now being charged with animal cruelty in a case involving
was opened when three cats and 142 dogs were seized from Nelson's 'no kill
shelter', ill and emaciated.
to Central California SPCA (CCSPCA), the animals at the shelter were being
starved, living in confined areas, and covered in their own excrement.
percent of the dogs were reportedly infected with tick-borne illnesses, Anaplasma
and Ehrlichia - while 65 percent tested postive for parasites.
are now in the care of the CCSPCA.