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I was called in for jury duty a couple months ago and they were choosing the jury for an Aussie breeder just outside of Lansing, MI who "has been charged with 11 misdemeanor counts of animal abandonment or cruelty. She faces up to 93 days in jail and fines."

The rescue I volunteer for actually has some of the SEVENTY dogs that were seized. They are such sweet dogs, I just can't even fathom how out of control things must have gotten.. :confused:

Obviously I knew about the case before I went to jury duty so when they listed the names of possible witnesses, I knew at least 10 people on the list... Naturally when they called me up they dismissed me almost immediately. Gee, I wonder why? But if I remember correctly, 5 out of 6 people chosen were animal owners, so I feel a *little* better.

Anyways, there are some pictures here: http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/201001110400/NEWS01/301110006

And two videos here.. scroll down a bit and you'll see one of the veterinarians speaking about the conditions about the dogs.

http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/201001120400/NEWS01/301120031

The trial started Tuesday and is expected to be done tomorrow. I wonder what will happen. :confused:
 

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Somebody on another forum is fostering one of those dogs. I was reading the second link yesterday. Hope they "throw the book" at her.
 

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Unfortunately "throwing the book" at someone in animal abuse cases is the "slap on the wrist" sentence as far as I am concerned. Most states maximum penalty is misdemeanor charges. However some counties within states do have different maximum sentences. Sedgwick county in Kansas, which has Wichita in it, did enact felony charges for extreme cases of abuse after a couple of well publicized cases of grotesque abuse.
 
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