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08/12/09 — UPDATED: 'Puppy mill' trial begins

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UPDATED: 'Puppy mill' trial begins

By Nick Hiltunen
Published in News on August 12, 2009 3:08 PM

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Wayne County resident George Wolfe speaks to reporters as Louise Garris holds a sign in the background that reads "No Puppie Mills in Wayne County" at the Wayne County Courthouse on Tuesday. Thornton Kennels owner Virginia Thornton agreed in an out-of-civil-court settlement to surrender the custody of all 283 dogs to Wayne County Animal Control.

The trial of a woman charged with animal cruelty for an alleged 'puppy mill' operation began today. Virginia Thornton, owner of Thornton Kennel near the Wayne-Sampson county line, faces 12 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty for conditions at the breeding...

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