The Malcolm woman convicted of animal cruelty and neglect will not be allowed to have dogs for two years.
Julie Hudson appeared in Lancaster County Court Friday morning. Hudson pleaded no contest in September, she was found guilty of animal cruelty and neglect after authorities discovered a puppy mill she operated out of Malcolm.
The judge sentenced Hudson to two years probation, during which she will not able allowed to have dogs. She has 14 days to find other homes for dogs currently in her possession.
Hudson will also have to pay veterinary bills totaling $7,300 and do 120 hours community service.
If, after two years, Hudson decided to own dogs and continue running the Taj Mahal Kennels, she will be subject to regular inspections.
Protesters at the Lancaster County Courthouse demanded the harshest sentence possible for a Malcolm woman guilty of animal cruelty and neglect of more than 35 dogs.
Hearts United for Animals showed up at the Lancaster County Courthouse Monday morning to demonstrate in support of the maximum sentencing for Julia Hudson. She plead no contest last week and was found guilty of animal cruelty and neglect after authorities discovered a puppy mill she operated out of Malcolm.
Supporters are asking the Lancaster County Courthouse to consider sentencing Hudson under Nebraska Statute 28-1019. It would prohibit her to own any animal for up to 5 years. Hudson is also eligible for up to one year of jail time and a $1,000 fine.
"I want her license taken away, I hope she never owns another animal and that's what I hope the court will do next month when they sentence her," said HUA Volunteer Renee Runge.
HUA worked with the Department of Agriculture and the Lancaster County Sheriff's Department to uncover what they call "deplorable living conditions".
"Many of the dogs we rescued had eye infections, they had ear infections, the females had mammary tumors, they had pyometra infections of the uterus from being bred over and over," said Lori Hook, HUA Board Member.
While 19 dogs were rescued, only 10 have been adopted. HUA supporters said they're hoping to find loving homes for the other 9 pups.
"We're gonna take care of them for the rest of their lives and give them the best, because they deserve that," said Runge.
With more than 75 supporters at the peak of Monday's demonstration, Hearts United for Animals said they plan to show up in bigger numbers on Oct. 25 when Hudson is sentences by a Lancaster County judge.