Thursday, September 17, 2015

Conviction of animal cruelty reported in puppy mill case

Posted By on Thu, Sep 17, 2015 at 10:44 AM


The Humane Society of the United States says that a woman in Randolph County has been convicted of animal cruelty related to the rescue of 46 dogs and 11 cats and chickens from a suspected puppy mill in Warm Springs.

According to a Humane Society release, Sandra Croney was convicted on six counts and ordered to pay $5,000 restitution to the Humane Society. The conviction includes a one-year ban on animal ownership by Croney, except for two she currently owns and they must be spayed or neutered. She is forbidden from operating a puppy mill business. The verdict was handed down Wednesday in district court in Pocahontas.

The release went on:

Melanie Kahn, senior director of The HSUS’ Puppy Mills Campaign, said: “Arkansas is one of the most problematic puppy mill states in the country since there are no state laws to protect dogs in commercial breeding facilities. We’re so grateful to the Randolph County Sheriff’s Office and prosecutor Joseph Grider for their diligent work to see this case through.”

The Humane Society found the dogs, mostly Great Pyrenees, in February and released the video taken on the property. Croney had been involved in an earlier animal abuse case.

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