The overcrowded Franklin County Humane Society is working to get at least some of the dogs that were confiscated in a hoarding case adopted now that their former owner pleaded guilty to animal cruelty.
In a plea bargain Tuesday, Sandra Coy entered an Alford plea to 10 counts of animal cruelty. In August, dozens of animals including llamas, pigs, goats, a horse and 28 dogs, were seized from her home in Franklin County.
As part of the deal in Franklin District Court, Coy may not own animals for two years and was sentenced to 12 months in jail. She received credit for the six months she already served, and the rest of the time was suspended, according court records.
The resolution of the case was a welcome surprise for the Humane Society, which has kept dogs in hallways and offices to handle the volume of dogs.
Lauren Bailey, assistant director, said the process of determining which dogs are adoptable can begin. Some of the dogs, she said, have serious medical problems. Others might be too aggressive to be a family pet. Most of the dogs are pit bull mixes.
It's a bittersweet time for Humane Society workers and volunteers, who have cared for the dogs since the case began in August 2012.
"It's going to be difficult," she said. "They've become our family."
To learn more about adopting the animals, go to FCHSAnimals.org or call (502) 875-7297.