Trial for Jefferson County woman charged in deaths of 7 dogs underway -

Trial for Jefferson County woman charged in deaths of 7 dogs underway

(KMOV) -- A professional dog handler is on trial for charges related to the deaths of seven dogs.
Mary Wild, 25, is charged with leaving dogs in a van during last year's summer heat. Her trial began at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday.
The trial began with the prosecutor stating that Wild failed to provide adequate care for the animals.
Wild's attorney, Bradley Dede, moved to have the case dismissed. The judge immediately overruled that request.
The first witness, Corporal David Frank with Jefferson County Sheriff's department, then took the stand. Frank responded to home the morning the dogs died. Wild told Frank that she normally keeps the show dogs in garage but it was too hot, so she left them out of the garage in a van with the windows down and the van door open. She also set-up six fans for the dogs using an extension cord that ran from the garage.
Wild told Frank that she checked on the dogs at 4:00 a.m. and they seemed in good health. When asked why she was up at 4:00 a.m., Wild told Frank that she was letting her own dog outside. Her dog was in the house not in van.
According to Frank, Wild got up again at 6:30 a.m. to check on dogs. This time the dogs were breathing but not responsive. Wild then watered the dogs with a hose. It is unclear at what time, but at some point, Wild took the dogs to Ivan Animal Hospital.
Seven of the eight dogs died of heat stroke.
Wild faces up to eight years behind bars if convicted.

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