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Louisa woman pleads guilty to five counts of animal cruelty

Posted on Thursday, December 14, 2017 at 5:00 am

Clara Collier leaves court on Dec. 7 after she was found guilty of five counts of animal cruelty. She will not serve any jail time.

A week after the county confiscated more than 500 animals from her property, Clara Collier agreed to give up all of them, except for two birds.

Collier, 77, chose not to fight the five counts of animal cruelty prosecutors brought against her when she appeared in Louisa General District Court on Dec. 7. Judge Claiborne Stokes found Collier guilty and sentenced her to 30 months in jail, all suspended.

The terms of the sentence dictate that Collier must allow Louisa County Animal Control officers to inspect her home to ensure that the two birds are in good health.

In exchange for Collier’s surrendering the animals, the county agreed not to make her pay the estimated $7,500 cost incurred for taking care of them for more than a week. Collier was given six months to pay $186 in court costs and fines.

Now that the case is over, county officials intend to distribute the animals as soon as possible to nonprofit agencies that can help them find permanent homes.

Community Animal Response Team (CART) president Donnie Embrey said all the remaining animals will be sent out of the county this week. Most have been delivered to four nonprofit agencies in Powhatan, Loudoun and Fairfax counties that are state-approved to acquire agricultural animals. People interested in adopting one or more of these animals should contact the Louisa County Animal Shelter at 540-894-4219.