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Case ID: 18910
Classification: Neglect / Abandonment
Animal: dog (non pit-bull), dog (pit-bull)
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Judge(s): Mike Swingley


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Tuesday, Nov 1, 2011

County: Lewis and Clark

Charges: Misdemeanor
Disposition: Convicted
Case Images: 2 files available

Defendant/Suspect: Amy J. Wilson

Case Updates: 1 update(s) available

A York woman has been cited for two counts of animal cruelty after repeated warnings by law enforcement.

Neighbors began documenting the alleged neglect back in May.

According to complaints, there were at least four large dogs that had been chained up outside the York home many times without food, water, or attention.

After repeated efforts by neighbors and no enforced action by animal control, one of the neighbors decided to create a blog to increase awareness.

The blog, called Doggies Need A Better Home, shows a list of 99 complaints and includes pictures of the animals tied to trees.

Law enforcement officials say they were aware of the complaints but didn't have cause until just recently to take enforceable action.

Deputy Sheriff Jason Grimmis noted, "Persistence prevails. Sooner or later we're going to show up and be able to put a case together and we're going to be able to be able to see it with our own eyes, and be able to provide evidence to this case so we can prosecute or pursue charges in cases such as this."

There were at least four large dogs at the residence and another one that recently had puppies.

Grimmis said, "From that search warrant we were able to locate a litter of puppies that were actually two weeks old at the time...we found the one puppy with a broken leg and the fifth leg that eventually had to be amputated."

The owner of the animals doesn't disagree the dogs became entangled and spilled their food, but said they had to be tied up to keep them from running off.

She claims she didn't knowingly or purposely do anything to harm her pets and says she loves them all.

The owner of the dogs has until December 2nd to see the judge on the charges; she faces up to $585 in fines for each count.


Case Updates

Amy Wilson of York has pled guilty to two misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals. Judge Mike Swingley sentenced Wilson to one year suspended with no fine.

Wilson was charged with animal cruelty after her neighbors repeatedly reported seeing dogs chained up outside without food or water.

Swingley ordered Wilson to turn over custody of all but one dog.

Wilson will also have to pay the costs of boarding the other dogs while they await adoption.
Source: ktvq.com - Mar 16, 2012
Update posted on Mar 16, 2012 - 10:59AM 

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