This wasn't just a case of hoarding - Margaret Allanson was making money by selling puppies. Cynthia Turner, a volunteer for Dogs on Borrowed Time, told News Channel 9, "We did look at her LSN (Local Sales Network) account, and there were three Blue Healer puppies that she had listed for $300 each."
A rescuer created a social media post about the horrific discovery at Allanson's property - it reads in part:
"This is what nightmares are made of people. In 2012 another group came in and took over 100 dogs off property and then later another rescue and yet here we are again. Hopefully the legal system works and the owner will not be allowed to own another dog."
Margaret Allanson's property was deplorable. The dogs found there were living in filthy, inhumane conditions, and hundreds suffered and died. This woman must be brought to justice! Your signatures and comments will be presented to officials, along with our letter demanding that she be forbidden from owning animals in the future, and that she receive the maximum sentence for the aggravated animal cruelty charge.
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Individuals are presumed innocent until being found guilty in a court of law.
Update 2/18/2021: The Clerk of Courts Office has advised Animal Victory that the next court date has not yet been assigned as they are waiting on assessment papers. We have learned that all of the dogs from this seizure tested positive for heartworms, seven of them died and 217 are still in holding; no adoption plans are currently in place.
Update 1/26/2021: Prosecutor David McGovern has been assigned to the case. The first court date was in General Session Court on Jan 19. Read our letter here.