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Belton woman accused of animal cruelty investigated by SLED

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Julianne Westberry (Source: Anderson County Detention Center website) Julianne Westberry (Source: Anderson County Detention Center website)
BELTON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Upstate woman accused of keeping dozens of dead and sick cats inside her rental home is now being investigated by SLED.

Belton police say they found the cats inside Julianne Westberry's home on Anderson street after getting a tip because of the foul smell.

Westberry has since been charged with ill treatment of animals and is out on bond.

Belton police chief Tommy Clamp says more charges could be coming in connection with money Westberry may have received as part of a cat rescue she ran. Money Clamp says was meant to help animals.

Clamp says Westberry received money from all over the country and maybe as far away as England.

The chief says he involved SLED because of jurisdiction issues and a lack of resources for an investigation this expansive.

Jessica Cwyner with Anderson P.A.W.S. says her shelter has taken in the surviving cats and found homes for all but four of them.

Cwyner says animal control officers were at another home connected to Westberry on Wednesday so the number of cats involved in this case may grow.

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