Kennel owner sentenced on animal cruelty charges

William Allen, owner of Mason Creek Kennels

September 30, 2011 4:50:57 AM PDT
A North Carolina man has received unsupervised probation and a suspended sentence after pleading guilty to more than 100 charges of misdemeanor cruelty to animals.

The Hickory Daily Record reported that 54-year-old William Thomas Allen pleaded guilty Thursday to the charges that stem from a raid in June at Allen's home where more than 270 dogs were seized.

Back in June, ABC11 cameras filmed row after row of cages filled with dogs covered with their own filth as Animal Control officers raided Mason Creek Kennels.

Allen had faced up to 38 years in prison if convicted on each of the 104 animal cruelty charges. His attorney reached a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Allen is not allowed to buy or sell animals during his three years of unsupervised probation.

He has said his dog breeding business became more than he could handle about three years ago when he was confined to a wheelchair.

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