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Kennewick Woman Arrested for Animal Cruelty

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KENNEWICK, Wash--  A Kennewick woman has been arrested for second degree animal cruelty after Benton County deputies found more than 200 dogs in what they say are 'deplorable conditions.' 

KNDU  got a look at the property.  We also met with the dogs' owner Ella Stewart.  She says she did nothing wrong.

Deputies say there's nowhere to put the dogs.  One county commissioner tells us there are plans to build an animal control facility in West Richland.

"The kennel we're looking at is around 50, that's on a normal usage, expandable over time," says Commissioner Leo Bowman.  "You probably can't find 200 empty kennels in the Tri-City area right now."

There is no word yet on the cost of the kennel.  Bowman says money will come from existing funds.  The board of commissioners will vote on the kennel later this month.  They say it could be running by the end of the year.