Spearfish police officers responding to an animal welfare call last weekend found the 36 toy-breed dogs and six cats inside the vehicle. The Black Hills Pioneer reports most of the animals were housed in what police said were cramped, dirty kennels with no food or water.
Lisa Dietzel, 54, of Shullsburg, Wisconsin, was arrested. She faces a misdemeanor charge that carries a maximum punishment of a year in jail and a $2,000 fine. It was not immediately clear if she had an attorney.
Police say Dietzel was traveling back home from Washington state when she stopped in Spearfish. Police took the animals to a shelter.