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Staunton Woman Facing Animal Abuse Charges

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A Staunton woman faces serious animal abuse charges after police found more than 100 birds in her home. 

40 year-old Phyllis Jannisch owns the now-condemned home in the Sears Hill neighborhood. 

Animal Control was called to the home last week after neighbors complained about the smell. 

They found about 150 birds, seven cats and a dog during the search. They also found urine, feces and dead birds throughout the home.  

Staunton police officer sergeant Chad Kauffman said, “The desired outcome is that she comply with the requirements of cleaning up the house, taking care of the animals and making her home a safe place for her and her family to live in.” 

Police say Jannisch was running a home-based business called Hilltop Aviaries. 

She has 30 days to get proper care for all of the animals, or face more charges.

As for the birds, they are still in the condemned house.  

Reported by Eric Fink
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