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Dogs Left In 'Court' Limbo Return to Woman Charged With Animal Cruelty

169 dogs were seized from Sandra Nance's home two years ago.
Update (August 4):
PULASKI COUNTY, ARA Pulaski County woman who had 169 dogs seized from her home in 2012 and was charged with animal cruelty, will have all but five of them back in her custody next week.

Sandra Nance of Austin, Arkansas was convicted on five counts of misdemeanor animal cruelty and received 100 hours of community service, but still wanted her dogs back.

The Humane Society will keep the five dogs that fell under the animal cruelty misdemeanor, but will have to return the other 164 to Nance after she petitioned to the court.

According to the Humane Society these dogs have been with them for the last two years and several 100's of thousands of dollars have been spend on these animals.

Original Story (May 8):
PULASKI COUNTY, AR -- Dozens of dogs seized from a Lonoke County home -- nearly two years ago -- are still inside an animal shelter.

Unfortunately, appeals and other issues seem to be holding up the case in the courts.

Animal officers removed the dogs from a home in Austin, Arkansas in July of 2012.

Investigators said some of the dogs were in poor health and living in filthy conditions.

Two years later, an estimated 170 animals are still not in permanent homes.

Instead, they're inside kennels at the Humane Society of Pulaski County considered evidence.

Appeals from the owner and state -- which range from how officers seized the dogs to who's responsible for the animals' expensive care -- seem to be holding up this case.

Today the Supreme Court of Arkansas was to issue a ruling, but the court could not decipher what's to be done with the dogs...once again, leaving their lives in limbo.

Doug Ragsdale, a Humane Society of Pulaski County employee, said, "I just wish they would make up their mind and let us move on with it and one way or another we need to get them home."

In the original case the owner -- Sandra Nance -- was charged with five counts of misdemeanor cruelty to animals.

She received 100 hours of community service, but still wants her dogs back.

Today, Nance's lawyer said he would like to meet with the Attorney General and the Humane Society's lawyer to try and come up with some sort of a resolution.

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