An Edwardsville woman is facing two misdemeanor counts of Animal Cruelty after authorities allegedly found her home overrun with cats and dogs earlier this week. 52-year-old Shawn D. Scherer is accused of keeping 56 cats and three dogs in her home in the Country Club View subdivision. One cat and one dog had to be euthanised.
The animals were discovered after police responded to complaints from neighbors in the subdivision. Edwardsville Police executed a search warrant at 73 Birdie Court on Monday, in cooperation with the Madison County State's Attorney and Metro East Humane Society. Humane Society officials say they will continue to examine the animals and will prepare to place some up for adoption soon. They described most to be well tempered and hungry, with some in excellent health and others needing extra medical care.