CONWAY, S.C. (AP) - An Horry County woman has
pleaded no contest to charges of improper care and treatment of animals
more than a year after authorities removed more than 200 animals from
her nonprofit animal sanctuary.
Elizabeth Owen was sentenced Tuesday to 30 days of public service.
Owen was charged in 2010
with after Horry County police went to Owen's Sacred Vision Animal
Sanctuary to follow up on a complaint from animal rights activists.
Months later, authorities seized more than 200 animals.
More than 100 cats were
suffering from a variety of health ailments and had to be euthanized.
Others were treated and put up for adoption.
Owen's attorney said the
woman left South Carolina because of the publicity and is not involved
in any animal rescue or sanctuary.