Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Nannie Johnson - Alabama

Dec 14, 2011:  Woman accused of hoarding dead dogs found not guilty

Nannie Johnson was found not guilty of animal cruelty by reason of mental defect at a hearing in Limestone County Tuesday morning.

Johnson, charged with 43 counts of animal cruelty, was accused of hoarding dozens of dead and live animals on her property.

Tuesday's hearing was to determine if she needed to be committed to a mental facility.

The prosecution and her attorney agreed previously that Johnson had a mental defect at the time of the crime brought on by a series of mini strokes.

Johnson has since been treated for that defect through the VA. A forensic psychologist testified that Johnson is now on medication and does not pose a threat to herself or the community as long as she maintains treatment.

At Tuesday's hearing, a state psychiatrist testified Johnson has been receiving treatment and medication for a severe mental disorder, that she is doing well, and does not need to be committed to a mental facility.

"We think that's a good thing. As a veteran, she suffers from mental illness, and we want her to get the treatment she needs," said Harlan Mitchell, Johnson's attorney.

"She's being allowed to return home. In the event that her medicine doesn't work, or her medical condition deteriorates, we'll be back in court," said Limestone County District Attorney, Brian Jones.

Johnson will continue her treatment through the VA. They will send a report to the Limestone County court system every 90 days..."  More & video

May 18, 2010: Trial set for woman accused of hoarding dead animals

A woman accused of hoarding dozens of dead and live animals on her property will go before a judge this summer.
Nannie Johnson's bench trial is scheduled for July 7th in Limestone County.
Investigators said Johnson had more than 40 dead dogs in a freezer at her Elkmont home.
Dozens more were found alive on the property.
Both prosecutors and the defense have asked the judge for a mental evaluation in this case..." More & video

Apr 15, 2010: Woman charged with animal cruelty to be evaluated

The family of an Elkmont woman charged with 43 counts of animal cruelty has sent her to a treatment facility for a psychological evaluation.
Limestone County District Attorney Kristi Valls on Wednesday said the state agreed with the action by 63-year-old Nannie Johnson's family.
Sheriff's department officials found 42 dead dogs in freezers and one dead in a kennel earlier this month at a puppy mill run by Johnson.
Authorities rescued 29 dogs, three of which have since died because they were malnourished.
Johnson's arraignment is set for May 9, but Valls said the date is contingent on the completion of her psychological evaluation..." More

Apr 6, 2010: Officers investigate illegal puppy mill

By Bobby Shuttleworth

Officials are investigating an illegal puppy mill where more than two dozen dead dogs were stored in a freezer.
Limestone County Sheriff's Investigator Eric King talked to suspect Nannie Johnson late Monday afternoon.
"I'd asked her about the number of dogs in the freezer, she said she hadn't had time to bury them," said King.
King said he also asked her why so many dogs died.
"She said, 'yea, something's wrong with it. The devil's killing them,'" King said..." More

Apr 6, 2010: Dogs confiscated from Limestone puppy mill are finding homes

By Bobby Shuttleworth
Several dogs confiscated from a puppy mill in Limestone County are beginning to find new homes. Phones at the Dog Pound in Athens where the dogs were taken have been ringing off the hook.
People have been calling and stopping by interested in giving these pitiful creatures a loving home, but the dogs have to be ready.
"We use a series of tests seeing if they are human aggressive to food aggressive to animal aggressive. And if we see problems in those areas we can work on those problems when we go through socialization steps," said Jim Lovell.
A dog that shows no signs of aggression will be a good pet, especially if the home includes children.
Lovell said each dog is different and problems vary. They are also trying to get these dogs on the road to good health.
"They don't have to have all their problems corrected before adoption," said Lovell. "We are basically talking with everybody who is adopting each animal and reviewing with them the necessities with every animal has and problems that animal had."
"Your heart breaks for them so you really want to touch out for them. I mean they can't tell you how much they are hurting, what they need. We're able to provide it so why not," said one person at the shelter to adopt a dog.
Each prospective owner will be given a very detailed evaluation of their new pet.
Limestone County deputies arrested 63-year-old Nannie Johnson for the suspected abuse..." More

Apr 5, 2010: Dozens of dead dogs found in woman's freezer

Limestone County authorities said an Elkmont woman was operating a puppy mill and keeping dead dogs in her freezer.
Sheriff's Department investigator Eric King said 63-year-old Nannie Johnson was charged with 43 counts of cruelty to animals after 43 dogs were found dead at her home on Friday.
King said one dog was dead in a kennel and the remainder were wrapped in plastic and stored in Johnson's freezer.
Officials say 29 dogs were found alive, but three have since died.
The surviving dogs are emaciated and suffer from parasites.
"She has, in the past, genuinely raised animals and has sold animals. I just don't know if she just became overwhelmed and unable to tend to the animals properly, but whatever the case it was pretty bizarre," said Stanley McNatt with the Sheriff's Department...." More

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