MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A Mobile County woman who had nearly 50 dogs and cats confiscated from her Wilmer home in May appeared before a judge Tuesday July, 23.
Polly Hopper was found guilty of stealing a neighbor's dog and must now pay more than $400 in restitution.
Witnesses testified in court that Hopper claimed a missing dog that did not belong to her. When the real dog's owner, who lives nearby, went to Hopper's home to see the animal, witnesses said Hopper instead showed him a much larger pregnant dog in an effort to keep the small Yorkie.
The case prompted Mobile County sheriff's deputies to execute a search warrant on Hopper's home in May for the missing animal.
When deputies went to search her residence, authorities said they found nearly 50 dogs in "deplorable" living conditions.
Hopper's mother, Patsy Lee, spoke to FOX10 News about the incident.
"They took all the dogs. They took all cats, and said they were going to come back tomorrow and get my chickens. I just got my chickens," Lee said.
Hopper was only charged with resisting arrest, obstructing governmental operation, and theft of property third-degree.
In early July, however, a judge ruled that the 50 animals must be turned over to Mobile County and forced Hopper to pay more than $20,000 in restitution.
County officials said most of the animals have been handed off to rescue groups.
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