Woman sentenced in animal shelter break-in

The Associated PressJuly 12, 2014 

— A woman who broke into a Georgia animal shelter and released dogs leading to deadly fights will serve jail time.

The Telegraph reports that 36-year-old Crystal Gale Fessler pleaded guilty Friday to theft and criminal trespass (http://bit.ly/1jmkQWZ ). Prosecutors say Fessler was drunk when she jumped the fence at the Macon, Georgia shelter on Oct. 16 and opened cages, wrongly believing it was a kill shelter.

Three dogs died in fights, and others were injured.

Fessler's attorney says she didn't intend any harm to the animals. Shelter volunteers say the break-in was traumatic for many dogs.

Fessler was sentenced to a year in jail; including credit for being in jail since Nov. 14. She also must pay a $500 fine, complete 200 hours of community service and attend counseling sessions.

Information from: The Macon Telegraph, http://www.macontelegraph.com

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