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Published On: Thu, Mar 1st, 2018

Former Shelter Director Convicted of Animal Cruelty: 300 Animals Find Justice

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Alabama – A Lawrence County jury has found Bobbie Taylor guilty on six counts of animal cruelty.

The trial for the former animal shelter director lasted two weeks in Lawrence County Circuit Court. Taylor was found not guilty on nine other counts.

Prosecutors called Bobbie Taylor, 84, an animal hoarder, but Taylor gave tearful testimony about her lifelong dedication to helping animals.

Jurors deliberated for more than three hours on Wednesday, all day Thursday, and several hours on Friday before handing down the verdict.

Taylor had 15 misdemeanor charges of cruelty to a dog or cat stemming from a June 2015 raid at the shelter on her property.

She faces up to a $6,000 fine and up to one year in prison on each of the six charges she was convicted of.

“I’m not unhappy, because I’m not guilty of any of the charges. I’ve rescued over 50-thousand animals in my life and I’m going to appeal this. I’m not guilty and this is not going to make me quit rescuing animals,” Taylor said Friday.

The state had to prove three elements on each charge. Prosecutors needed to prove that Taylor assumed or took control of the animals; that she deprived them of sustenance; and that she did so in a cruel manner.

Source: www.waff.com

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