Woman accused of animal abuse free on bond

Posted at 3:07 PM, Sep 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-18 16:07:44-04

An Oak Grove woman charged with three counts of felony animal abuse has posted bond.

Court records show 76-year-old Ellen Schreiner put up $4,000 Wednesday to be released from custody. That amount is 10 percent of a $40,000 bond.

Schreiner was charged after Jackson County Sheriff's deputies found 48 dogs and a cat living in what investigators described as filthy and unsafe conditions. The Great Plains Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals currently has the dogs and cat.

According to the terms of the bond, Schreiner can't have a dog or cat while her case is pending.

Court records show Schreiner was found guilty in another Jackson County animal abuse case in 1997. Records also show Schreiner owed more than $5,100 in late taxes, interest and fees in 2010 which she ultimately paid.

State records show there was a "hobby or show" registration in 2011 with the state of Missouri at the same address where the dogs and cats were taken Tuesday.

Under terms of that license, a hobby or show breeder is a non-commercial breeder who breeds dogs or cats with the primary purpose of showing them. improving the breed or selling them.

That license allows for no more than 10 intact females.

However, state records also show there's no current license or registration for the address.

A court date for Schreiner is pending.