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Animal hoarder sentenced after accepting plea deal

Terri Smith (Source: Carroll County Detention Center) Terri Smith (Source: Carroll County Detention Center)
Smith's property in Henry County. Smith's property in Henry County.
One of Smith's many dogs that were confiscated. One of Smith's many dogs that were confiscated.
Cats sit atop a van on Smith's property last winter. Cats sit atop a van on Smith's property last winter.

NEW CASTLE, KY, (WAVE) - A judge sentenced a woman facing more than 200 counts of animal cruelty in Henry County on Monday.

Terri Smith took a plea deal and pleaded guilty to one count. Judge Diana Wheeler sentenced Smith to all recommended terms but one. Smith cannot have any of the animals back. She had requested two horses and two dogs. 

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Smith was emotional in court and cried at one point. Her brother testified that Smith was a vet tech. Friends said she had animals for as long as they could remember. 

"She loves her animals," said Tanya Mason who has been Smith's friend for nine years. "She takes good care. She just got overwhelmed with too many."

The Judy family is fostering two of the more than 200 animals seized from Smith's property. "I love her just like I do one of my kids," said foster Steve Judy of his dog Moto. His sons chose the name because they race motocross. 

"It took bath after bath after bath to get the odor out of her hair," said Judy. "She has been laying in urine."

Judy's wife Jodie testified at the sentencing that it would devastate her family to lose the dog. Smith wanted to get back two horses and two dogs. Her attorney said they remind Smith of her mother. One of those dogs was Moto. 

"We knew going into this that was a possibility, but who would have thought that it would have come to this?" said Jodie Judy. "And of 200 animals, (it was) Moto, our baby." 

After the hearing, Smith spoke to the Judys and said her mother gave her Moto. Jodie agreed to let Smith see Moto in the future. 

"She means as much to me as she does to you guys," said Smith. 

Smith will have to pay restitution of more than $9,000 and serve 60 days in jail. Smith's attorney discussed the possibility of home incarceration instead due to health reasons.  The judge scheduled a future hearing on that issue. 

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