Onalaska mother, daughter charged in animal cruelty case arrested again

Onalaska mother, daughter charged in animal cruelty case arrested again

A mother and daughter from Onalaska awaiting trial on multiple counts of child neglect and animal mistreatment are facing more charges.

The La Crosse Co. Sheriff’s Dept. arrested 74-year-old Linda West and 37-year-old Carol Jean West Monday morning for felony bail jumping.

According to the La Crosse Co. Clerk of Courts office, the provision of their bond that was violated was “no purchasing or keeping domestic animals on their property.” No other details of their arrest are being released until they are formally charged.

Both were released Tuesday on $1,000 signature bonds.

They’re scheduled to be back in court Thursday.

The two women are already charged with 29 crimes each, including two counts of child neglect and six counts of mistreatment of animals causing death.

County deputies say they found nearly 60 animals living in unsanitary conditions with little food or water in October 2016 on their Onalaska property.

Carol West’s 11- and 8-year-old children also lived in the home. Investigators describe being overwhelmed by foul odors, including feces and urine, and were forced to use gas masks when entering the home.

Their trial on the original charges is set for late September.

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