Saturday, October 2, 2010

Woman Accused Of Animal Hoarding May Strike Plea Dea

By Renee Starzyk

Cherokee County officials said negotiations are under way to reach an agreement that would punish a woman accused of animal hoarding but allow her to avoid jail time.

Shari Cahill appeared in court Thursday morning to sign over the animals seized at her Canton home earlier this month. It clears the way for the county to put the dogs and cats up for adoption.

Authorities raided Cahill's home and found two-dozen dead cats and dogs, along with 127 other animals.

Chief Marshal Ray Waters told CBS Atlanta that he has asked for certain conditions if any plea deal is reached with Cahill.

Waters wants Cahill to undergo a psychiatric evaluation, reimburse the county for all expenses associated with the case, and be prohibited from having any animals during her probation period.

"I don't know that jail time would do anything but create more burden on the county," said Waters. "We're looking for the best benefit for her and the animals."

Cahill is facing 81 counts of animal cruelty. Each charge carries a penalty of up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.

"I'd like to see her found guilty on all 81 counts," said Animal Control Director Sue Garcia..." More

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