Animal cruelty suspect pleads guilty

Terri Smith (Source: Carroll County Detention Center)
Terri Smith (Source: Carroll County Detention Center)

NEW CASTLE, KY (WAVE) - The woman facing more than 200 counts of animal cruelty in Henry County has pleaded guilty. Ofc. Dan Flinklelt of the Henry-Trimble County Animal Control confirms Terri Smith pleaded guilty of one count during what was supposed to be a pre-trial conference Monday.

"This is good because the case came to a head," said Flinkfelt. "She's accepting responsibility."

According to Flinkfelt she is still asking to keep two horses and two dogs. That decision is up to the judge. Flinkfelt also says there's a chance she could file for bankruptcy, and in that case the animals could be seen as property that needs to be forfeited. Nothing, however, has been filed yet. The animals are still housed with fosters and rescues.

Smith's sentencing is scheduled for April 16.

Flinkfelt says he expects Karen Neelums, who is also charged in this case, but facing fewer counts, to plead guilty as well on April 11.

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