Judge orders Goochland woman to give up 50+ dogs

GOOCHLAND, VA (WWBT) - A Goochland woman has agreed to give up more than 50 dogs to settle an animal cruelty case.

Annette Thompson agreed to the terms in court Friday morning. In return, prosecutors agree they will drop animal cruelty charges against her.

Thompson was charged with five counts of animal cruelty after a fire at her home revealed conditions prosecutors said were horrible. Five animals seized from her property had to be put down, according to Goochland animal control.

Thompson will be allowed to keep only three dogs and two cats currently on her property. She's also prohibited from taking in any new animals for a two-year-period, even if the five current animals die. Additionally, Thompson is not allowed to engage in any animal rescue operations.

She's been accused of animal hoarding before. Thompson was convicted of inadequate animal care in 2011.

Thompson says she has used her retirement check to care for hundreds of stray dogs, for more than two decades. She says the animal organizations that she gives strays to, so they can be adopted, is on a witch hunt.

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