Whiskerville owner found guilty of animal cruelty

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by Chris Paschenko / The Daily News

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Posted on January 20, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Updated Sunday, Jan 20 at 6:57 PM

TEXAS CITY, Texas — The seizure of 200 cats, including 27 that died in squalor, led to the conviction Saturday of a feline sanctuary owner on four felony counts of cruelty to animals.

The verdict against Wydell Lorraine Dixon, 57, came at noon following two days of deliberation and a bomb threat phoned to the Galveston hotel where the jury was sequestered overnight.

Authorities accused Dixon, owner of Whiskerville Animal Sanctuary Inc. in Texas City, and her former employee, Kimberly Jane Paskert, 49, of abandoning the cats for about a week.

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