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Criminal defense: Woman charged with animal abuse

Georgia authorities say that over a dozen animal rescue groups are stepping in to help with the discovery of an alleged puppy mill. One woman has been arrested and charged with animal cruelty related to the breeding operation and could potentially face additional charges as police continue their investigation. Since her arrest she has posted bond and may already be considering various criminal defense possibilities.

According to police, over 500 German Shepherds were discovered at various breeding facilities. Reports indicate that many of the animals were covered in feces and had matting in their fur. An official from an area Humane Society stated that the dogs are mostly nervous around humans and seem frightened of being approached or touched.

The 51-year-old woman believed to have been in charge of these breeding facilities supposedly had over 160 dogs on her property alone. Police discovered these animals after executing a search warrant for her property. The dogs on her property were reportedly living in an open field without much shelter, and some had never been inside of a house before. The Humane Society caring for the dogs say that it will be quite some time before the dogs are well enough to be placed for adoption or in temporary foster homes.

Defendants in Georgia might feel understandably overwhelmed when facing serious charges or when they are the subject of a criminal investigation. However, timely action is still important. Defendants can still work on crafting their criminal defense platforms while investigations are ongoing. Any new information that comes to light can typically be folded into existing plans, which might involve negotiating a plea deal with the prosecution or fighting the charges to the fullest extent during trial court proceedings.

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