TEXAS CITY, TX — Wydell Lorraine Dixon, 57, founder of Wiskerville Animal Sanctuary Inc. was found guilty Friday of four felony counts of cruelty to non-livestock animals and torture.
The Jury took 14 ½ hours to deliberate before returning the guilty verdict.
Dixon was accused of the four felony count of cruelty a year-ago after authorities seized 184 cats and another 27 that were dead.
Texas police and Animal Control personnel rescued the cats when they raided Dixon’s cat sanctuary after they received a call from a neighbor that looked in one of the windows and saw a disturbing sight. Normally the cats would greet her, but that day only two came up to the window. The rest of the cats remained in a circle on the floor where the neighbor could see that they were skeletons of their former selves.
Dixon stated she had left the sanctuary in the care of her employee Kimberly Jane Paskert, 49, and for an entire month Paskert stated she left the care of the cats in the hands of an unnamed volunteer.
Paskert was charged at the same time as Dixon, with four felony counts of cruelty to non-livestock animals and torture. Paskert court date is set for the 22nd of this month.
Dixon’s sentencing date has not been set.
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