PALMDALE (AP) — The assistant superintendent of a Southern California school district is facing felony dog fighting charges after more than a dozen pit bulls being kept in crates filled with urine and feces were allegedly discovered in her home.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced Tuesday that 52-year-old Pauline Ruth Winbush and her boyfriend, Kevin Ray Williams, have been charged with multiple counts of dog fighting and animal cruelty, as well as one count of child abuse.

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Winbush pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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Winbush works at Palmdale Unified School District. The district did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Animal control officers discovered a horse allegedly belonging to the couple roaming the streets on Oct. 29. Prosecutors say 19 pit bulls were later discovered in their Antelope Acres home. All were euthanized.

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