July 30, California:
Investigators said they’ve uncovered one of the worst ever cases of animal abuse even in Tulare County and a juvenile’s life was also threatened. At least 50 animals were found dead and even more neglected at a home in Strathmore. Investigators have arrested 53-year-old Linda Corsiglia.
Reportedly the 16 year old daughter of the owner was also living in the home where authorities found 19 dead dogs, cats, rabbits and chickens – another 31 dead animals were found outside. 150 other animals were found “starving”. The child was removed from the home.
Corsiglia faces animal cruelty and neglect charges as well as child endangerment.
And on August 3:
The South Valley woman accused of abusing and neglecting more than 200 animals is out of jail.
The DA said they did not have enough information to charge Corsiglia with any crimes but asked the sheriff’s department to keep the investigation open.
With so few details, it’s hard to know what to make of this about-face on the part of authorities. They went from “one of the worst ever cases of animal abuse in the county/child’s life threatened” to “not enough info to charge” in less than a week. I would think that raising a child in a home with a large number of dead animals would warrant some sort of charge. Maybe authorities had their facts wrong from the start? I don’t know but it does seem curious.