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Decatur Dog Breeder Faces Child Endangerment Charges

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DECATUR, Ill. (AP) — A dog breeder from Decatur faces child endangerment and animal cruelty charges after police found two dead dogs and 37 others in poor health in her home.

Decatur police say 34-year-old Tiffany Wilkerson-Hood’s four children were often left home while she stayed with her boyfriend. The children range in age from 10 to 16.

The (Decatur) Herald & Review reports one dead dog was in a bedroom while the other was in the back yard. Police say the home’s first floor was urine-soaked and littered with feces.

Charges against Wilkerson-Hood include endangering the health of a child and aggravated cruelty to animals.

She’s free on bond. Court officials say she hasn’t entered a plea.

No telephone is listed for Wilkerson-Hood. Court officials say she doesn’t yet have an attorney.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press

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