Woman, son get probation for mistreating dogs

December 05, 2009|By Nicole Fuller | nicole.fuller@baltsun.com

An Anne Arundel County woman and her adult son, who were charged with animal cruelty after 21 malnourished and flea-infested dogs were found living in their home, pleaded guilty Friday and were sentenced to probation.

Janet Taylor, 62, and Jeffrey Taylor, 38, of Orchard Beach, each pleaded guilty to five counts of animal cruelty in a plea deal with prosecutors in Anne Arundel County District Court in Annapolis, according to Janet Taylor's attorney, James Keatts.

Judge Robert Wilcox sentenced both Taylors to a suspended sentence of 450 days in jail and three years of probation. Janet Taylor was ordered to pay a $1,000 fine, and Jeffrey Taylor was ordered to complete 1,000 hours of community service.

The pair were arrested Sept. 9, and each was charged with 21 counts for the abuse and neglect of 21 dogs found living in their home, in the 7900 block of Seabreeze Drive, which county officials condemned.

Two dogs were euthanized because of congestive heart failure, while the others were placed in shelters for adoption. The judge also told the Taylors they could not have any pets.

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