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Woman charged in abuse of dogs

Deputies found three dead greyhounds and 43 hungry, thirsty dogs inside a mobile home Tuesday, and charged one woman with abusing the animals.

The investigation started about 2 p.m. Tuesday when Hillsborough sheriff's deputies were called by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office, asking for help on a case of stolen greyhound dogs.

Hillsborough deputies were led to a home at 1012 Keysville Road in Plant City. No one was home, deputies said.

Officers and Hillsborough Animal Services authorities forced the door open, and found three dead dogs inside, said sheriff's Lt. Rod Reder. They also found 43 other dogs of different breeds _ from puppies to adults _ inside.

The dogs had no food or water.

As the officers investigated, a woman drove past the home. Neighbors told officers the woman lived in the house.

Cassie M. Postlewaite, 30, was stopped by a deputy near the home. She told deputies she had not given the dogs food or water since Monday and said she was trying to get a kennel license.

Deputies arrested Postlewaite. On the way to the jail, the sheriff's transport van got into a minor crash, Reder said. Postlewaite said she was injured and was taken to Brandon Community Hospital for evaluation, Reder said.

She was charged with three counts of felony cruelty to animals and 43 misdemeanor counts of improper care of animals.

The Pasco County greyhound theft case is pending.