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Former dog breeder sentenced to two years probation

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By: Lauren Fabrizi
lfabrizi@klkntv.com

A former dog breeder who was found guilty of animal neglect and cruelty in September was sentenced Friday to two years probation. 

More than 70 dogs left without water in unsanitary living conditions was called "Animal Auschwitz" by a judge. But now, that's all been put to an end.

Julia Hudson's sentence of two years probation bans her from owning any dogs during that time period.

"We're certainly pleased that Ms. Hudson did not get any jail time," Hudson's attorney, Matt Aerni said. "I think everything ended up okay considering the maximum sentence could have been much worse."

Many of Hudson's dogs have been taken in by animal rescue groups. Nebraska Humane Society officials said her sentence of two years is not enough. They said there's a loophole in a state statute, granting those who mistreat animals with a five year sentence, but not those who have been charged with neglect as in Hudson's case.

"We're going to have to work hard to get that law changed, so this never, ever happens again," Judy Varner of the Neb. Humane Society said.

Before the sentencing, protestors lined up outside the Lancaster County Courthouse, hoping to raise awareness on other situations like Hudson's.

"We really appreciate all the supporters to spread the word," Lori Hook of Hearts United for Animals said. "Not only about this puppy mill, but about puppy mills in general."

Hudson has 14 days to find other homes for any remaining dogs she has at her home. She also has to pay about $7,300 in veterinary bills, and complete 120 hours of community service.

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