Cortland woman acquitted on animal neglect charges

A Gage County jury has acquitted a rural Cortland woman accused of housing more than 100 dogs of 100 counts of animal neglect. Mary Stickney was cited after the dogs were taken from her home in southeast Nebraska in November. She says she saved the dogs from puppy mills. Her trial started last Thursday. 

The jury on Monday acquitted Stickney on the neglect charges, but found her guilty of one count of failing to have a written veterinary plan on site, as required by law. The judge fined her $100 and ordered her to pay $49 in court costs. Stickney says she's grateful for the jury's verdict and plans to continue her rescue operation.