Saturday, July 25, 2009

Va. Woman Pleads Guilty to Animal Cruelty Charges

A King George County woman has pleaded guilty to animal cruelty and neglect charges after dozens of dead or severely malnourished animals were found at her home.

Forty-year-old Iris Marie Hedrick pleaded guilty Thursday to 16 misdemeanor counts. In return for the pleas, four felony charges were reduced.

Hedrick remains free on bond until she is sentenced Oct. 23.

Authorities went to Hedrick's home Jan. 2 in response to an anonymous tip and found dead or dying dogs, cats, birds, goats, rabbits, pigs, sheep and a cow.

Hedrick's attorney said she was an animal lover who once worked for an animal rescue league in California. She said Hedrick has a history of taking in unwanted animals and ended up overwhelmed with too many..."  More

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