Woman Faces Charges For Puppy Mill

The woman who handed over nearly 300 dogs to the Humane Society of the United States is facing criminal charges.

Virginia Thornton of Wayne County has been charged with 12 misdemeanor counts of cruelty to animals. Thornton is the owner of kennels that the Humane Society raided early one morning in February.

Thornton gave up custody of the dogs in return for Wayne County authorities dropping civil charges against the dog breeder. The charges Thornton faces now are criminal. Her next court date is June 10.

The Humane Society handled transporting the 283 dogs to humane groups across the region.


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  • by Lisa Stigall Location: Ayden on Apr 10, 2009 at 03:42 PM
    How can I get custidy of one of the puppies from the Wayne County.I would love to have one for my family.If information is available please email me.
  • by Julia Location: Jacksonville on Apr 10, 2009 at 03:16 PM
    I agree with Tracy, this woman needs to be caged herself.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 10, 2009 at 11:13 AM
    Can't agree more with Hello and Tracy. She's a poor excuse for a human being to jeopardize caged animals that could not fend for themselves. Let's hope the charges stick.
  • by hello Location: goldsboro,nc on Apr 10, 2009 at 07:13 AM
    I am happy that she has been charged,but instead of 12 counts of animal cruelty it should have been 283 charges.
  • by Tracy Location: NB on Apr 10, 2009 at 06:14 AM
    I think we should put her in a too small of a cage without sunlight or fresh air and let her get eye and ear infections. Let the punishment fit the crime.
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