Dogs Left In Limbo For Nearly Two Years

PULASKI COUNTY, AR — Dozens of dogs seized from a Lonoke County home — nearly two years ago — are still inside an animal shelter.

Unfortunately, appeals and other issues seem to be holding up the case in the courts.

Animal officers removed the dogs from a home in Austin, Arkansas in July of 2012.

Investigators said some of the dogs were in poor health and living in filthy conditions.

Two years later, an estimated 170 animals are still not in permanent homes.

They’re inside kennels at the Humane Society of Pulaski County considered evidence.

Appeals from the owner and state — which range from how officers seized the dogs to who’s responsible for the animals’ expensive care — seem to be holding up this case.

Doug Ragsdale, a Humane Society of Pulaski County employee, said, “I just wish they would make up their mind and let us move on with it and one way or another we need to get them home.”

The Humane Society has racked up $500,000 in bills caring for the animals and employees are hoping for a resolution soon.

In the original case the owner — Sandra Nance — was charged with five counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals.

She received 100 hours of community service, but still wants her dogs back.

Nance’s lawyer said he would like to meet with the Attorney General and the Humane Society’s lawyer to try and come up with some sort of a resolution.

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