NEK Woman Charged Over Abandoned Animals
Posted on May 27, 2009 - 5:06 PM
Burlington Free Press
May 27, 2009
NEK woman charged over abandoned animals
The Associated Press
NEWPORT — An Irasburg woman says she’s innocent of animal cruelty charges lodged after abandoned animals were found dead and dying at her home.
Forty-one-year-old Tammy Turner pleaded not guilty Tuesday to four felony counts of aggravated cruelty to animals.
On Dec. 24, authorities called to the home she shares with 77-year-old Rudolph Botala found dead goats, rabbits and chickens that had either starved or died of exposure. Police blamed Turner for the deaths of a beagle, chicken, rabbit and a goat.
According to Vermont State Police, Turner says she abandoned the animals after Botala became ill and had to be hospitalized.
If convicted, she could get three years in prison and a $5,000 fine on each count, the Caledonian-Record reported.