Woman wanted for questioning in animal cruelty case in Monroe County

By Ray Van Dusen/Monroe Journal

HAMILTON – After executing a search warrant Thursday, authorities with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office found roughly 100 dogs at a residence on Center Hill Road.
Cindy Ann House Umbel, 40, is wanted for questioning at this time. According to Monroe County Sheriff Cecil Cantrell, Umbel is facing mainly animal cruelty charges among other charges.
“It’s inhumane how these animals were kept. There were fleas and ticks and they were being kept in pens all throughout the house,” Cantrell said.
The animals, which included four cats, were transported to the Amory Humane Society for care.
“We’re taking these animals back to the shelter for medical attention then they’ll be put up for adoption. If anyone is missing an animal, please check with us and bring photos. We’re going to scan the dogs. We’ll find good homes for all the dogs,” said Mitzie Smith, president of the Amory Humane Society.
Privilege license records in Aberdeen show House Umbel registered her business, A Doggie Dog World, in Aberdeen on Dec. 29, 2011, and the license expired in September 2012.
Several different breeds of large and small dogs were being kept inside the house, outbuilding, carport and back porch of the residence.
“Some have a cough from breathing ammonia and urine. All have possible treatable mange. They were all being fed, but some are underweight because they weren’t getting enough food. They’ll all go through treatment. We definitely need donations to handle the dogs,” Smith said.
The Amory Humane Society is seeking donations to help with the influx of animals including food, money, gloves, paper towels and bleach. Donations also may be made to Amory Animal Hospital.
House Umbel’s records show several previous charges of uttering of forgery and false pretense. She also has an active warrant out with the Lowndes County Sheriff’s Department. Anyone with information on her whereabouts should call the MCSO at (662) 369-2468.