Mistrial declared in animal cruelty case against former Lawrence County animal services director

LAWRENCE COUNTY, Ala. - A mistrial has been declared in the animal cruelty case against former Lawrence County animal services director, Bobbie Taylor.

A district judge found Taylor guilty of all counts during a bench trial in June of 2016.

Taylor was charged with 16 counts of animal cruelty and one count of animal abuse. Judge Angela Terry sentenced Taylor to a 30 days suspended sentence.

Taylor maintained her innocence and appealed, asking for a jury trial.

The case was to be heard before Circuit Court Judge Mark Craig.

A motion from the prosecutor asked for the mistrial because the jurors may have overheard conversations from witnesses at the trial and or news media in the hallway before jury selection.

That could have tainted the jury pool and the prosecutor claimed it could have made it difficult to select an impartial jury.

Taylor is accused of abusing between 250 and 300 animals in her care. This is a story WHNT first broke in the summer of 2015.

The charges stem from a joint investigation this summer by Moulton Police and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

WHNT has a crew at the courthouse working to gather more details.