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Court battle leaves dogs in limbo
Crime, Pets
Court battle leaves dogs in limbo

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Hundreds of Lonoke County dogs are in limbo at the Pulaski County Humane Society. They'll be there until a Supreme Court judge makes a decision. But it's getting costly.

"It's approximately two years, it will be two years, the end of June," said Dr. Teresa Medlock.

Dozens of dogs, 137 to be exact, have been at the Pulaski County Humane Society for the last two years.

They were taken from Sandra Nance's Lonoke County property in 2012 after a search by the Humane Society and Lonoke County Sheriff's Department found the dogs living in poor conditions.

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"They are evidence in the court system case and so we're entrusted with their care until the resolution of the case," Medlock said.

But the Humane Society's tab is growing by the day. It's now at more than 500 thousand dollars. And all that money is coming from donors. In 2012, the state charged Nance with 13 counts of animal cruelty and a jury found her guilty of five misdemeanors.

"We felt like the animals needed to be removed from the facility for the housing of the animals and the quality of life for the animals," Medlock said.

According to Supreme Court documents, Nance appealed the state's conviction saying that she did not consent to the search of her property. She also said the state violated her due process by denying her the opportunity to try to get them back. In the meantime, the Humane Society can't put the dogs up for adoption because technically they don't own them.

"It's been a very big expense with our shelter, the animals have to be walked, cared for, cleaned, any health issues that come up," Medlock said.

All they can do right now is wait and hope for a speedy decision from the Supreme Court.


Crime, Pets