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Jan 18, 2010 7:43 PM by Andy Koen

71 year old arrested in dog abuse case

A 71 year old woman was arrested on Friday after pulling a rifle on a sheriff's deputy whom she thought was attempting to take away her dogs.

Norma Scott faces charges of assault on a peace officer and obstruction of a peace officer.  On Friday, the deputy was sent to her home in eastern El Paso County to investigate a report of animal cruelty.

Earlier in the week, Scott had taken a dog with severe injuries to a local animal rescue.  The dog later died.

According to the sheriff's office, Scott pulled the rifle on the deputy after he asked her to see the dogs.

He took cover and called for back-up. While he waited, Scott and two other women, Mary and Rosalie Scott, tried removed the animals and escape. The other deputies arrived and Scott was arrested.

She had an estimated 30 dogs running loose on her property.  Eleven of them were taken to the humane society.

All of the dogs are smaller breeds, either poodle or terrier mixes.  Many look scared and have dirty, matted fur.

The humane society is having their veterinarian look over the dog and they will eventually be groomed.

Scott meanwhile, is free on a $25,000 bond. The humane society is temporarily holding the dogs and they are not available for adoption. A judge could decide to release them back to Scott or require that they be turned over to the humane society permanently at which point they could be adopted out.

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