Special to The Police News
GALVESTON, TX - Galveston County Criminal District Attorney Jack Roady announced Thursday that Judge Lonnie Cox of the 56th District Court has sentenced Whiskerville owner Wydell Dixon to five years community supervision. A punishment hearing was conducted following a jury trial last month that lasted approximately five days.
A jury of six men and six women deliberated for nearly twelve hours before returning four guilty verdicts on four felony charges of Cruelty to Non-Livestock Animals.
The convictions stemmed from an incident on January 3, 2012, when animal control officers - responding to a tip from a concerned citizen - found over 200 cats in deplorable conditions at the Whiskerville Animal Sanctuary in Texas City.
After obtaining a civil seizure warrant signed by a Justice of the Peace, the officers seized approximately 185 live cats and 27 dead cats.
As a result of the conditions found at Whiskerville, employee Kimberly Paskert and owner Wydell Dixon were both charged with four counts of felony Cruelty to Animals.
With a sentence of community supervision, Dixon must report on a monthly basis to a probation officer, pay monthly fees in addition to court costs, refrain from owning or operating any kind of animal shelter facility, and is restricted to living in a residence with no more than six cats.
If she violates any of the terms of her probation, she may still face confinement prison for anywhere from 180 days up to two years.