Sheridan went before an Anderson County judge, where she asked for a jury trial. The date hasn’t been determined as of yet, but Sheridan has made it clear she wants her dogs back.
Anderson County P.A.W.S. is now in the care of the animals seized, and it’s placing a burden on the animals they take in from residents. It would be a great disservice for the seized dogs to have to remain under their care for up to a year waiting for the case to go to trial.
This could mean the forced euthanasia of healthy dogs because the shelter is out of space to care for them. Animal advocates don’t want this to occur, and hopefully, it won’t be necessary.
For this reason, the community is urged to help PAWS get permanent custody of the seized dogs. Many healthy dogs become ill, sometimes with a tragic outcome, from living in a shelter environment.
A court decision on Monday in favor of Anderson County PAWS would enable the shelter to find loving homes for Sheridan’s former ‘rescued’ dogs and improve the odds that all dogs in their care can find a forever home.
This is a very important hearing and may set a precedent for cases to come. On the one hand, there are 100+ dogs who shouldn’t have to remain in cages while the courts sort this out. Other dogs shouldn’t have their lives taken simply for lack of space caused by an alleged abuse situation.
Sheridan wants these dogs to remain in the custody of the shelter because she hasn’t been tried and found guilty of a crime in a court of law. It’s every citizens right and privilege to ask for a jury trial.
There are those out there who would argue government is taking away the property of a person charged, but not yet convicted of a crime.