Video: Stoughton pet shop owner pleads not guilty to cruelty charges
Eight weeks after animal rescue authorities raided her waste-filled Randolph home to rescue 111 dogs, Linda Snow finally faced justice today in Norfolk Superior Court.
Authorities could not find Snow, the owner of Missy’s Puppy Land on Park Street in Stoughton, in the days after taking the dogs from the home she was leasing at 8 Thayer Circle. But today, she pled not guilty on seven counts of animal cruelty and a single count of malicious destruction of property.
Mark Zimmerman, who is associated with her and faces the same charges, did not show up in court. As a result, authorities issued a warrant for his arrest.
A lawyer for the Animal Rescue League said the organization – which takes care of animals, and also has investigative and law enforcement authority – has spent $106,000 taking care of the dogs taken from Snow’s home. Of the animals, 29 were born on the Randolph property that Snow was leasing, according to the Animal Rescue League’s attorney.
The judge released Snow without assigning bail, ordering her not to have any involvement with animals in any form or have any contact with the landlord at the Randolph property.
She is scheduled to return to court on Aug. 22.
Snow declined comment about the charges or whether she had tried to contact Zimmerman.
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