Maryland woman found with 27 dead dogs in ‘chamber of horrors’ sentenced

Laura Filler

A Maryland woman whose home was described by a judge as a “chamber of horrors” after over two dozen dogs were found dead within it was sentenced this week.

Laura Filler, 56, was sentenced to 33 years in prison – with all but seven of those years suspended.

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Filler and her husband, John Roberts, were arrested in April 2019 when animal control officers searched their home and found nearly 60 dogs – 27 alive 27 dead – in deplorable conditions.

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The Carroll County Times reports that a prosecutor showed video of the interior of the home, where investigators found sludge and grime on the floors and walls, moldy dog food littered throughout, and the remains of a number of dogs in a bathtub.

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The couple was running an unlicensed dog breeding operation.
Roberts was sentenced for his role in the scheme last year.

The judge says he'll recommend Filler to a correctional center that serves inmates with mental health issues.

The Associated Press contributed to this report