MADISON, Ala. (WHNT) – This morning, 73 year old James Lin and his wife 71 year old Patricia Lin, plead guilty to animal cruelty charges at their arraignment in Madison Municipal Court.
The charges stemmed from a June 14th case at their home on Crestview Dr. in Madison where 46 dogs had to be euthanized as a result of disease and unsanitary living conditions. One had died in the house.
The Lins have been ordered to pay $1772 in fines and court costs on two of the 47 charges. The rest of the charges are being suspended by the court pending completion of additional court orders. The Lin’s must pay $1500 distributed among the organizations that assisted in the adoption of the remaining dogs.
These include M.A.R.F., the ARK, Madison Small Paws Rescue, All American Dachshund Rescue, and the Pet Hospital of Madison. The Lins have also been prohibited by the court from collecting any more dogs within the city.
The court could order additional penalties if the Lins fail to comply with the orders. The Lins had previously reimbursed Whitworth Animal Clinic who initially examined all of the dogs after they were removed from the house.
On Thursday, June 14, someone reported a foul odor coming from 815 Crestview Drive, which is off Madison Pike. Madison Police say they found 45 dogs inside the home alive, in filthy conditions. An additional 40 dogs were dead.