Mary Kay Nelson - who previously operated Noah's Friends Animal Sanctuary in Orange Cove, California - is now being charged with animal cruelty in a case involving 145 animals.
The case was opened when three cats and 142 dogs were seized from Nelson's 'no kill shelter', ill and emaciated.
According to Central California SPCA (CCSPCA), the animals at the shelter were being starved, living in confined areas, and covered in their own excrement.
Over 80 percent of the dogs were reportedly infected with tick-borne illnesses, Anaplasma and Ehrlichia - while 65 percent tested postive for parasites.
The animals are now in the care of the CCSPCA.
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