Woman charged with endangering welfare of child, animal abuse

By Heartland News

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - A Cape Girardeau woman faces charges of animal abuse and endangering the welfare of a child after 75 animals were seized from her home Friday.

Robin L. Peavler's 12-year-old daughter was put in foster care.  Her daughter hid under a stack of clothes in the house when officers arrived.

Officers found birds, chickens, 40 rabbits, dogs, goats, and Guinea pigs.

Police discovered the animals living in stacked cages, boxes with lids, and cages full of animal feces.

Police say the state of the animals was so severe they couldn't get them help fast enough. They say the owner was cooperative, and signed the animals over to authorities.

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