LIBERTY — The Casey County woman accused of neglecting a large number of dogs pleaded not guilty to one count of second-degree animal cruelty at an arraignment Tuesday morning.
Cheryl Turner, 50, was charged in early August after police found more than 100 dogs living in poor conditions and with health problems at her home on Chelf Ridge Road. Police also discovered about a dozen dead dogs stored in a home freezer.
The dogs were removed by United Rescues of Kentucky on Aug. 8 and taken to the Garrard County Humane Society for emergency care. Most of the dogs have since been placed with other humane societies and rescue groups.
Mark Hurte, the humane society’s executive director, attended Turner’s arraignment. He said Turner requested a public defender, but a judge denied the request.