September 17, 2015
Conviction Made in Randolph County, Arkansas Puppy Mill Case
February rescue saved 46 dogs, other animals
An Arkansas court convicted Sandra Croney of animal cruelty for the second time. The conviction follows the rescue of 46 dogs and other animals from a suspected puppy mill on Croney’s property in Warm Springs, Arkansas.
Croney received a conviction of six counts of animal cruelty and $5,000 in restitution to be paid to The Humane Society of the United States. The conviction includes a year-long ban on owning any animals, except for two she currently owns who must be spayed or neutered with veterinary paperwork as documentation. Any activity that could be classified as operating a puppy mill business is forbidden.
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.”
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