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Former Lawrence Co. animal services director asks for jury trial, gets one

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LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. - A woman accused of multiple counts of animal cruelty had an appearance in court today.  Bobbie Taylor was initially scheduled to stand trial before a judge, but she will instead be tried before a jury.

Taylor is accused of abusing between 250 and 300 animals in her care as the animal services director.  She operated a shelter at her home under contract with the Lawrence County Commission. She also employed an animal control officer.

The ASPCA took possession of the animals housed at the shelter during the abuse investigation.

Bobbie Taylor was charged with 16 of cruelty to animals and one count of animal abuse.

Taylor was scheduled for a bench trial Wednesday before Judge Angela Terry.  Taylor's attorney filed a motion to have two charges dismissed, and filed the motion to have the remaining charges heard by a jury.  The judge granted the motion.